Ever since I shared with you how to make the most amazing Crispy Baked Oven Fried wings in both regular and Sticky Honey BBQ, both recipes have gone VIRAL. I mean we’re talking from Pittsburgh to Japan, Antarctica to Australia! So for that, Thank You! Honestly it’s overwhelming and still surprises me to this day that my name is known globally. It’s rendered me speechless at times (Mr. Fantabulous thanks you for that by the way) and has truly kept me humbled and grounded. And knowing that even just 1 other person on this planet made my recipe is more than I can ask for. However to know that millions have and love it is just surreal. I truly am blessed that you all allow me to share my dream and passion with you.
Now… let’s talk food. Here in the states we’re getting ready for the Super Bowl. Now even though the Steelers aren’t in it this year (still love ya Black ‘n Gold!) I’ll still watch it and get into it. But as I’ve gotten older, football get togethers isn’t just about football, it’s about food. I mean seriously, it’s a requirement that if you’re hosting the game at your house that you have a killer spread of food that goes beyond chips and salsa. Yes those should be there but with the foodie rage out there, great food is a must! If you’re hosting this year, this is a MUST HAVE dish! I’m telling you, these wings are the bomb! Honestly, I think out of all my crispy baked oven friend wings, this is one of my favorites! Seriously anything with peanut sauce ROCKS!
Normally I make about 2 dozen of wings a week leaving them nekkid (without sauces) this way we can sauce them however we want. He loves the honey bbq or burn a hole in your gut hot whereas I like the honey bbq, ranch, butter garlic and now these.
As these came out of the oven I was trying to figure out what I wanted to season them with. Remembering that I had made some Asian Summer Shrimp Rolls the other day (with my peanut sauce that I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE) I decided to give these badboys some Asian/Thai love! Besides the obvious taste factor, what I love about this sauce is when it warms up the smell is intoxicating! It’s just so comforting to me. You can smell that warm nutty scent that reminds me of roasted peanuts but then you get just a slight hint of heat. For me it’s a comforting smell.
Now Mr. Fantabulous is funky when it comes to stuff like this. For him his extent of Asian tastes pretty much only include 3 things – General Tso’s chicken, Crab Rangoons and Egg/Spring rolls. So knowing him and his limits if you will I only made enough of this flavor for me. Even if I said “Honey try this” he may decline. I am still working on educating his palate in Asian flavor but the whole peanut sauce on noodles is well blasphemy in his world. Being Italian, noodles other than soup noodles ONLY get Italian Gravy or *maybe* Alfredo sauce. That’s it, nothing else.
So I sat down to eat my lunch and out from the office I hear the pitter patter of feet and “sniff sniff sniff”. JUST as I went to put a wing up to my lips I hear *GASP!!!* “Hey, where’s mine? I see how it is, you make yourself lunch and I get bread and water.” Not missing a beat, I bit down, took off a piece of meat, looked at him with peanut sauce covered lips (trust me, the look is very sexy) and said “who said you even get bread???” LOL So I offered him up one and before he bit down he looked puzzled and asked why there were peanuts on the wings. I said “Just try it” which was met with a groan. That groan meant I was experimenting and taking him out of his comfort zone.
He took the first bite and made an inquisitive face. That bite led to a second and third bite (alas the entire wing was gone). As he went to grab another one I pulled the plate away which OMG BIG MISTAKE! The look of death HOW DARE YOU WOMAN was priceless! But me being me, I just busted out laughing in his face and told him that his bread and water was over on the counter. Truth be told he was on the fence with the wings as again, this was out of his comfort zone however he ate a few more. My verdict is that he liked them but won’t admit it because they aren’t his standard wing flavors. So slowly I’m educating his taste buds which I’m thrilled about.
Since I couldn’t finish my lunch I plated these and heated them up the next day. Now reheated sauced wings I’m pretty iffy about. I HATE soggy and trust me, the fact that I eat wings now is a miracle. I’ll typically take 1-2 bites but normally I have to use a fork and pick apart the wings. I still can’t just sink my teeth in and chomp away. I still have issues with chicken with bones in it. Anyway, I reheated these in the oven. Seriously having that peanut sauce already on them, the flavor baked INTO the chicken itself which made these taste even more amazing! I’m thinking next time I make these, I’ll bake ’em normally however after I sauce them, maybe putting the sauced wing back in the oven for another 5 minute just to get the sauce baked into the meat.
Either way, these wings are PHENOMENAL! So whether you’re hosting the game at your house, having the guys over for some beer and poker (please invite me next time!) or just having out with your friends, serve these! They are out of this world amazing!Print
- 4 lbs chicken wings, halved at joints, wingtips discarded (save for stock)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, don’t use ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha (can add more for liking)
- Chopped roasted peanuts
- Sesame seeds
- Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil, and set rack inside.
- Carefully dry chicken wings with paper towels.
- Place wings in a bag, add the baking powder and salt.
- Shake evenly.
- Place on rack, leaving slight space between each wing.
- Place baking sheet with wings in refrigerator and allow to rest, uncovered, at least 8 hours. This draws out the moisture.
- Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
- Add chicken wings and cook for 20 minutes.
- Flip wings and continue to cook until crisp and golden brown, 15 to 25 minutes longer.
- In a medium size bowl whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, brown sugar and Sriracha. The sauce will seem thick but that’s okay. Once it hits the hot wings it will thin out.
- Place the wings in a large bowl.
- Pour the sauce over top and gently toss around to coat evenly.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped peanuts.