Sunday, 10 May 2015

orange glazed chicken wings

Because it's the weekend I decided to make wings. It also happened to be a mini sister’s day out - minus one sister who was busy studying for exams. We shopped around for crockery and I obviously got excited to discover lovely little Swiss made mini tart pans and beautiful reclaimed glass stamped tumblers. Not that you need to know, but I love coloured glass. It makes me think of magic and how a daft little me used to marvel at the coloured milk the teachers gave us for Halloween during primary school. I was convinced milk had many shades until I was old enough to go to the grocery shop and discovered milk is plain old white. It was an added bonus that the glasses were reclaimed. A prettier, sophisticated word for re-cycled. It made me feel good just knowing that. 

when I thought life couldn't get any better one of my little sisters treated me to a set of vintage sugar bowl and milk jug along with dainty teacup sets. I had my fun sorted out for the evening, admiring the china like a kid in a candy store while Britain's got Talent played out in the background. Maybe it's a sign of getting older, being obsessed with the homeware department instead of the shoe department, or maybe I've always been a grandma. Either way I was determined to bask in my kitchen goddess status. 

Chicken, especially easy to do chicken makes me look forward to dinner. These wings are simple to prepare and practically cook themselves. They're sweet, savoury, spicy and slightly tart all at once - perfect to eat plain or with sticky rice and coleslaw. I initially thought about using lime in the glaze but when I went shopping the supermarket had literally every other citrus except lime so I substituted it for an orange -which turned out to be great. 

The slightly bitter zest of the orange cooked with the chicken reminded me of shatkoras-a Bengali citrus fruit which I can only describe as being similar to a bitter lime used in rich beef or goat curries that my Grandma used to bring back from her visits to Sylhet. I love Asian flavour combinations especially garlic, chilli and soy so I added those along with honey and just a hint of sesame oil.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
1 kg wings
1 tbs dark soy
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp chilli flake
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
Chopped fresh coriander (about 1tbs)
Rind of 1 orange and juice of ½ an orange
4 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbs honey
1/4 tsp pepper

Pre-heat oven at 200°C or 180 (fan) /gas mark 6

Wash and chicken wings and set aside to drain in a colander

Meanwhile, for the glaze, mix together all the ingredients. It’s best if you taste the mixture as it should be slightly saltier than you’d like.

Place the chicken in an oven-proof dish and mix everything in (which is what I did to avoid extra washing!) or mix chicken and glaze mixture in a bowl and then transfer to a large foil-lined roasting tray.

Cook for about 30-40 mins, turning once or twice.

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