Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sticky sesame chicken wings

Do you remember how when you you were little, and it was getting close to your parent's pay day and you would have those cheap meals that could feed a family for a few dollars (you only figured this out retrospectively)?  In my family these meals included fried rice, spinach pancakes and lentil rissoles.  Also, chicken wings.  Mum would do these in a way so that they were coated with crunchy sesame seeds.

In my quest to eat protein and not spend too much money, I decided to cook chicken wings for the first time in my adult life (I know, shame on me). It should be said that they were hella cheap.  And I decided to recreate my Mum's recipe to the best of my knowledge and with what is in the house.  This is now sincerely one of my staple, cheap healthy, super fast and easy recipes. So here it is:

  • Chicken wings (I had eight)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • shitloads of sesame seeds

Mix together the soy, sweet chilli, oil and ginger and mix with a spoon into a paste.  Place your chicken wings in a baking tray and spoon the marinade over them all.  Then turn the wings over and over until they're thoroughly coated in the sauce.  Pour the sesame seeds over the wings until both sides are good and coated.

Place in the fridge for at least an hour (preferably two) and turn the chicken through the marinade approximately every 30 minutes.  Then place in a 180 degree oven for 45 minute or until they're looking crispy on the pointy bits, and brown everywhere else.  Turn them at about the 30 minute mark.

Eat them with your fingers with corn and potatoes.  Trust me.  Do it.

*Since I don't ever really measure anything unless I'm doing something fancy-pants like baking, these amounts are just a rough estimate.  If in doubt about quantities, use more.

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