For weekends, movie and game nights, I love casual food that can be served in the cooking pan with the whole family sitting around, digging in with hands, enjoying every bit while wiping off the sauces in the pan.
One of our most favourite are these juicy, spicy chicken wings, coated in jalapeño cheese sauce. If you are tired of the usual sweet and sour wings recipes, this is a delicious change to make a family night special. You can also cook drumsticks or chicken cutups the same way too if your kids are not really into wings. Just increase the cooking time for them while cooking them covered in the first stage in the recipe.
Also you can bake them instead of frying. Bake at 200 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or till golden and crisp.
I have shallow fried mine, that’s why covered them for first five minutes to get them cooked all through, then uncovered and crisped them up.
For Jalapeño Cheese Wings :
1 kg chicken wings
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil or butter
For Jalapeño Cheese Sauce :
6-8 green jalapeños ( or to suit your taste)
1 big bunch coriander
4 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
This Is What You Do :
Cut wings into three pieces at joints. Save the pointed wing ends to be used later on for stocks.
Marinate the rest of the wings in salt and vinegar for 30 minutes.
Heat oil/butter on low heat in a non stick frying pan.
Fry wings covered for first five minutes.
Then uncovered for another five minutes or till golden and crispy.
Remove from oil.
Finely chop coriander, jalapeños and garlic or whiz them in food processor together. Mix with black pepper and lemon juice.
Add the sauce to the same oil/butter in pan.
Add shredded cheese.
Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes or till the cheese begins to melt.
Add the wings to the sauce, stir to coat them completely.
Serve hot immediately with your favourite dip.
* save the pointy ends of chicken wings in a freezable bag or box to be used later for making soup stock.
* ready the wings and sauce ingredients ahead of time. Stir in wings right before you need to serve them to save time.
* taste best with chilli garlic sauce.
* you can double or triple the recipe for a bigger crowd because it’s just so quick and easy to do.