Sweet Tangy Spicy Fried Chicken With Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Dressing

I won't even pretend to know or care about football, but I do know how to make some tasty chicken wings. With Superbowl Sunday drawing near, I thought it a good time to re-share this recipe on the new blog.

May your team win while I'm out gardening or having sushi and sake or something like that. :P

Sweet Tangy Spicy Fried Chicken Wings with Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Dressing
Serves 4 as a meal, 6 to 8 as appetizer.
Time: 75 to 90 minutes

- 3.5 pounds bone-in, skin-on fryer chicken pieces or wings
- 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons corn starch
- 4 cups frying oil (I like soybean, which is often labeled "vegetable" or peanut oil)

- 3 Tablespoons oil
- 2/3 cup minced onion
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/3 cup fruit jam (you can use plum, grape, strawberry, apricot, or orange marmalade)
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon sriracha

- 1 green onion, chopped
- crushed red chili flakes for extra heat

1) Season chicken with salt and pepper, turning and massaging gently a few times to make sure it’s evenly distributed. Let it absorb the seasoning, covered, while you bring it up to room temp. 

In most cases, this takes at least 30 minutes or so straight out of the fridge. You can speed up this process by laying all the chicken out in a single layer on a sheet pan or other large, flat surface. Room temp really is critical to crispy skin and a thorough internal cooking time in line with external browning time.

2) Combine the jam, brown sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, apple cider vinegar and sriracha in a bowl.

3) In a small saucepan, saute the onions and minced garlic over slightly higher than medium heat in the 3 Tablespoons of oil until the onions turn translucent. Then add the jam mixture, stir to combine ingredients, and turn the heat down to medium low, allowing the glaze to simmer and thicken for about 4 minutes. If it gets hot enough to splatter during the process, turn the heat down a little. 

This may seem like a lot of oil, but it really is instrumental in achieving that yummylicious candied/caramelized glaze flavor.

If you’d like to add some heat to the glaze, you may also want to add some crushed red chili flakes to taste at this point, or, if you need two different heat levels, you can toss half the chicken in the regular glaze and add your crushed red chili flakes to the other half when you toss.

4) While the glaze is simmering, preheat your frying oil to somewhere in the 360F to 375F range. I always test the oil by throwing a pinch of flour in to see if it sizzles immediately. While the oil is preheating, toss your chicken in the flour and starch mixture to coat thoroughly.

5) Fry the chicken for 7 to 10 minutes per side, depending on the size of the pieces, and until the chicken skin is a nice, dark, golden brown and set aside on a brown paper bag or paper towel lined dish. If it takes shorter than that, your oil’s probably too hot. Longer than that, not hot enough.

If you’re planning to serve the celery sticks with dressing on the side, you can easily put the dressing together during one of these 8-10 minute frying sessions.

6) When you’re halfway through frying the last batch, quickly re-heat the glaze until it simmers and keep it on low heat while you’re finishing up the frying. You’ll want the glaze nice and hot when you pour it over the chicken.

7) In a large mixing bowl, combine all your fried chicken, and all the glaze (or in two batches - see Step 3, paragraph 3), and toss to coat.

8) Plate and sprinkle with chopped green onions and enjoy. 

If there’s a lot of glaze left in the bottom of the bowl, I like to scoop that into a little bowl and serve on the side.

Creamy Jalapeño Cilantro Dressing

- ¼ cup mayo
- ¼ cup yogurt
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons minced jalapeno
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- ½ Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- pinch of black pepper
- 1.5 teaspoons oil
- 1 small garlic clove, grated or very finely minced

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.

I hope you find them finger lickin' delicious!


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