sticky.. sweet... spicy... messy.. honey sriracha chicken wings..
back in the 80's a "new" pizza place came to las vegas.. it was called metro pizza their menu can be found here.. pete and i could not get enough of them.. their pizza's are amazing but their wings..an experience in flavor like non other.. when they first opened they had on their menu honey cayenne chicken wings.. they were/are/and always will be my favorite wing ever.. i would order extra of the sauce and dip my pizza in it too.. sometime in the 90's they took them of their menu.. why i have no idea.. i think i actually cried the first time i didn't see them on the menu so i asked what had happened (always ask if something you love has been removed from the menu of a local favorite of yours 9 times outta 10 they can still make it) the waiter said that while it's not on the menu anymore you can order plain wings and have them tossed in their "house dressing" and guess what that is.. honey cayenne.. you guessed it!! unfortunately i haven't eaten at metro in probably 10 years :( not sure why mostly convenience i am sure.. but these wings i made the other night fill that void of missing my favorite wings.. if you don't know what sriracha is it's an asian hot sauce with it's own unique flavor.. i love it.. i tried it a few years ago at a little dive thai bbq place by my office and have been addicted ever since.. i put it in everything.. (love love it on rice) i don't care for ketchup but ketchup and sriracha.. amazing.. sriracha and mayo.. best fry sauce.. add a little to cole slaw dressing. sweet n spicy.. yummy.. any recipe you want to add a little extra kick add it too you won't be disappointed.. i promise..
oven baked crispy chicken wings
prep time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 1 to 1.5 hours
1 bag of party chicken wings (they usually come 24 in a bag) the ones i have been getting lately have been so meaty.. for a while they were so skinny no meat at all so kind of pay attention when buying them), defrosted
1/2 cup honey
1/4 - 1/2 cup sriracha (if your not that much into heat but want very good flavor start with a tablespoon.. you can always add more.. it is pretty hot so experiment with the flavors..)
1 tbls. sambal olek chili paste (asian isle)
preheat your oven to 450 degrees (f).. make sure to defrost your wings.. i take a foil lined baking sheet and use a rack over the foil, i don't want my chicken wings cooking in their own juices.. i want them up and away from it.. i spray the rack with pam then place my wings on the rack then spray the wings with pam.. put in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes.. once they start to get crispy brown on the one side flip them over.. usually about 30 minutes, depends on how meaty or lack there of they are.. once you flip them over.. spray that side with pam and bake another 30 minutes or so.. check on them you want them crispy and light golden brown..(might take longer again depending on their size and your oven..)
while they are cooking and you have about 15-20 minutes left on the wings.. it's time to make your sauce.. over medium high heat in a medium sauce pan heat honey, sriracha and chili paste until it's a nice thick consistency..reduce heat to simmer.. (or whatever sauce your going to use go ahead and heat that up now.. )
once the wings are done remove from rack and put in a large silver mixing bowl.. add your sauce on top of the wings and then in a swirling motion with the bowl coat your wings.. remove from bowl to a plate and serve.. my sauce got all over.. but it was so good... sticky.. sweet.. with a good kick.. yumm.. i dip them in blue cheese.. my recipe for blue cheese yogurt dipping sauce can be found here..