Super Bowl is right around the corner and chicken wing prices are through the roof. But, you just cannot have a Super Bowl party without chicken wings....you just can't! One tip, never buy frozen chicken wings. Because most likely they are on the older end in regards to fresh chicken wings, that were then thrown in a freezer before they expired. The flavor profile is completely different between fresh and frozen. I tend to buy the whole fresh chicken wing, as they are usually cheaper than pre-cut ones. The more times something is processed (in this instance, cut into individual joints) the higher the price. Or you could always just cook whole chicken wings...they just tend to be tougher to eat in my opinion. Here is a great video demonstrating how to cut a whole chicken wing -->
Of course there are a billion wing sauce recipes out there and there are a billion excellent ones, this just happens to be the way I do it and my favorite wing sauce. There is something about Sriracha... it's a slow heat, meaning it doesn't bite you right off the bat. Then I also add in some brown sugar so you get a sweet taste that blends right into this spicy, smokey sriracha flavor. Then we come to how you actually cook the chicken wings, everybody has their own preference. But, me, I prefer to have mine grilled...I like a little bit of char on my chicken wing. If you are looking to try a new wing sauce, be sure to give this a try, you will not be disappointed!
Sriracha Wing Sauce
Prep time: 5m | Cook time: 10min | Total time: 15min | Yield: 1 1/4 cups
- 2/3 cup Sriracha
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
- 1.5 Tbsp white vinegar
- 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
- Combine the hot sauce, butter, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and brown sugar in a pot and place over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring with a whisk. As soon as the liquid begins to bubble on the sides of the pot, remove from heat. Process the sauce with an immersion blender or blender to fully emulsify the sauce. Season with salt if need be.
- Use the sauce immediately or store in a container in the refrigerator.
Always remember to cook your chicken to a proper temperature of 165F. To make sure you are cooking and holding all of your food correctly, be sure to get yourself a Thermapen MK4. These are the best thermometers on the market and I use mine pretty much every time I cook. This is one kitchen gadget that will not waste space!
Other game day wing sauces...
Ahhhh life is just so good right now! It has been busy, but it has been also filled with many blessings. As of last week I officially put 200,000 miles on my Prius and have drove through the state of Ohio, in it's entirety a total of 8 times since Thanksgiving!
But all of this driving was not in vein, I had to drive to Indiana last week to officially accept my job offer as a Territory Manager for Ecolab! It just felt so good after working so hard to earn my degree to sign a paper that more than doubled my annual salary. Now the next step of the journey is to pack up our house and move on out to Fort Wayne, IN to officially begin the next chapter. I start my new job next week, but won't be leaving Happy Valley until the 25th. Lots of emotions since I have been living in this area now for 28 years. But, mostly I am full of excitement!
I have also been working hard the past few weeks to re-establish my blog, rekindle some old flames with my fellow foodies, and update Happy Valley Chow. Be sure to check out the updated "About Me" page (Assuming you want to better know the man behind the curtain) and definitely check out my new "Store" that has a few different pages of products and cookbooks that I use on a regular basis. Thanks again everybody for being such great supporters and always stopping by to say hello. You guys are awesome and I hope you keep coming back to visit!