I have an embarrassing confession to make. I never understood why buffalo wings were called buffalo wings... I mean, they are made with chicken.. it wasn't until a few years ago I twigged they hail from the city of Buffalo NY in the US. I know. I feel pretty dumb!
I never really had them until I went to the Philippines either. The Philippines I refer to as the 53rd state of the US.. It still has a very strong American influence - in it's restaurants, shops and the accent. There's still a strong American Military presence there also.
So anyway, back to the buffalo wings... I was surprised at how tasty they were, how moreish and most of all how they were spicy without being too much. I knew I had to make them for my hubby, a must-make on my list for a while.
The difficult thing about making buffalo wings here in Australia is the sauce most Americans use for it is bought at the store, but not readily available. So I made my own. You'll need 1 batch of sauce for 2kg of chicken drummettes. So clearly you can make a lot, or you can use some of the sauce and make smaller batches.
I used drummettes. I asked for them at my butcher, sometimes you can get lucky and buy them, but if you don't, just buy chicken wings and cut them at the joint. Or if you can't be bothered, just leave them whole.
Makes 2kg - serves 10-15 people for nibbles
2 kg chicken drummettes or wings
1 batch chilli sauce
50 g butter
3 tb worchestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 180 degrees c
In a saucepan heat the sauce, butter and Worcestershire sauce until the butter is completely melted. Set aside.
In a frypan, add about 3cm of canola oil and heat until it's ready for shallow fry (it's spits a little)
Add your chicken in batches, then transfer to a tray with kitchen paper to drain.
When all finished, pour the sauce over the wings, and heat in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
Serve with blue cheese dip if you like!
I made mine with 100g blue cheese crumbled into 2/3 cup mayonaise and 2/3 cup sour cream and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Just remember one thing.. don't double dip.. well...unless no-one is watching!
Print this post in friendly format