Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Super Spicy Crispy Chicken Wings...

We seem to be a little snobbish about chicken... everyone wants chicken breasts, and the rest of the chicken gets ignored... I guess it comes back to the whole 'fat is the devil' perception. Well now that we know that fat isn't actually bad for you, we can make the most of the really tasty parts of the chicken. Best of all?? They're super cheap cos nobody seems to want them...

I love chicken wings, but they're really not something I'd ever order if I was out for dinner.... mainly cos table manners go out the window when it comes to eating wings. So... chicken wings get cooked at home, as an incredibly simple but delicious dinner.

Girls... cook these for the man in your life and they'll think you're a legend... men don't want pretty dishes, they want meat. Give a man lots of meat for his dinner & squat often and he'll think you're awesome... which clearly you are! Guys... if a girl is happy to munch on wings in front of you, then you're either just a friend, or she adores you... cos let's face it, there's no way you're looking attractive eating these!

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have seen my post about the ingredients of popular brand of chicken wings...

Ingredients: Chicken Wing Sections, Water, Salt, Rice Starch, Sodium Phosphates, Spice Extractives, Maltodextrin, Extractives of Garlic and Onion.
Battered and Breaded with: Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Rice Flour, Spices, Spice Extractives, Extractives of Paprika, Sugar, Onion Powder, Yeast, Xanthan Gum.
Prepared in vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness).
Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

Wow... that's a long list.... As a rule, and it's a pretty simple rule to follow, don't eat anything with more than 5 ingredients on the label or unpronounceable ingredients...

Make these instead!!!

For the coating:

  • almond flour
  • paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • cumin
  • turmeric
  • sea salt
  • egg, beaten

No need to be too exact here... basically toss almond flour with as much/as little as you like of the above spices ...

Dip each wing in beaten egg & coat in spice mix. 

Once all the wings are coated, drizzle with melted coconut oil & bake at 170d for about 20 minutes until cooked through. 

For the spicy glaze: 

  • Franks Original Hot sauce (the only bottled sauce I'll use because it's actually pretty decent stuff... don't buy the 'Wings' version... it has sugar added!) 
  • Tomato Purée
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil or 2 tbsp butter (if you're ok with dairy)

Best & simplest recipe in the world... just add as much of each as you want... 

Toss the wings in the glaze. 

Melt a little coconut oil in a frying pan, and cook the wings for a further 5 minutes to allow them to get crispy and browned. 

Once cooked, drizzle with a more hot sauce & melted coconut oil & serve. 

I'm a bit of a baby about really spicy stuff, and since I went a bit mad with the paprika & cayenne pepper, I served this with a quick yoghurt dipping sauce to balance the flavours & didn't go too mad with the hot sauce at the end... You should definitely go mad & toss them in hot sauce though!

For the dip: 
  • Equal parts Greek yoghurt & coconut milk
  • chopped fresh coriander
Mix together & serve...Pretty simple right? 

The food you love doesn't need to be full of unhealthy ingredients. Experiment with natural herbs & spices and you'll be amazed how much you enjoy the food you cook. 

If you're in doubt....send me a message on Facebook... I'm pretty delighted with the amount of people who are taking the time to send me messages to ask questions and advice, keep them coming... I'll always reply & try to help :) 

Oh... you'll find me here... https://www.facebook.com/grabbinglifebythekettlebells 


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