Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sriracha Wings & Saffron Rice

Last month I made Fire Roasted Sriracha Wings based on a Michael Symon recipe. Tonight's sriracha's wings are my spin on a different version that went around the BBQ forums this year.

Up front I'll tell you that both are two of my favorite wings ever. Symon's recipe is a complex heat that I preferred. But this one is one my family liked better. It's a sweet then heat, or as I said to Alexis tonight, "It hits you with sweet up front and then kicks you in the rear.....just where you need to be kicked!"
Sriracha Chicken Wings

12 ea chicken wings, cut into drumettes and wingettes (my video on how to do this)
2-3 Tablespoons of Poultry Perfect Rub
1 cup Apricot-Pineapple Preserves (they used orange marmalade)
1 ounce brown sugar
1 ounce honey
1 ounce sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon finely diced green onion.

Season drumettes and wingettes with the rub.

The "cooking" part is easy. You're using my 30-20-10 method for fire roasting wings. Indirect heat set up on a grill cooking at 350-375f. Cook at 30 minutes, flip the pieces.


Cook 20 more minutes. While the wings are cooking, mix the preserves, sugar, honey, green onion and sriracha sauce over medium heat until blended. (okay.....this isn't exactly blended yet and I hadn't added the green onion yet.)


Toss in sauce (in this case, sriracha wing sauce) and cook 10 more minutes until the sauce crisps up a bit.

Who says that chicken wings are to be served only with celery, blue cheese and beer? Since these were sort of "thai" wings, I decided to use this easy saffron rice as a side. I cooked it as noted but added one finely diced roma tomato. The real saffron makes the difference every time!

You could also deep fry wings like you normally would for buffalo wings and then toss in this sauce instead of buffalo sauce, but with this recipe, I think adding a few minutes under heat with with sauce on helps seal the deal.

Which of these sriracha wings would YOU like? If you like a sophisticated layering of mild heat building on more heat, go with Symon's recipe. If you like the "one two punch" of sweet/heat, use this version.

23 comments:

  1. Hi Chris, I'm over from Dave's and just love your blog! This recipe looks fabulous and your photos are great!

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  2. This is a new attack of cooking my favorite chicken wings! I love it! I just tried it and I love the flavor! thanks for sharing!

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  3. Okay I am making my plans for dinner, since my kitchen is out of commission, and now I want this...I could scream for this, can you hear me?

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  4. Hot wings are one of my most favorite foods. I could seriously eat them until I became ill.

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  5. Yummmmmm! I am bookmarking and making these this weekend!

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  6. I think I'd like the sweet/heat version better. They look so good, Chris!!

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  8. Drool!! I love Sriracha...these look fabulous!

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  9. Looks fantastic, and I'm sure it tasted the same, but I've had saffron from the Middle East(The Real Deal!) and the cost just doesn't reflect the flavor value.. it is subtle, colors well, but is not a stand-out flavor worth $100+ an ounce..

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  10. Nice job Chris, now I may have to try the Symon recipe. Saffron is great in broth too.

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  11. Oh Chris, these look stunning. I can see guys on a weekend going nuts over a platter of these wings/drumettes. I have a question where would I find sriracha sauce? If I cannot locate it locally, is there another alternative that I could use?

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  12. Now my wing loving husband wishes you were our neighbor too. Have you ever thought about moving to Portland?

    They look amazing.

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  13. Oh they sound wonderful, and I LOVE your wife's description.

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  14. Oh YUM. we'll have to get together and do a wing-fest one day.

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  15. I can't decide which sounds better . . . and I can't grill anymore to test them out! (but I bet yours is the best)

    Awesome, I have to link this today for sure. Keep up the awesome wing cookery!!!

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  16. Oh wow do these look delicious and tasty! My husband and I both love sriracha and have never tried it on wings. This looks hands down delicious, perfect for a new years eve party :D Thanks for visiting my blog earlier last week. I have enjoyed reading through your recipes and want to try your blue cheese vinaigrette soon.

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  17. I think I could eat my weight in wings. Seriously, my family would love them...my husband and i would like them both, but would probably favor the ones with more heat!

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  18. I probably like the layering of heat as long as it's hot enough. I like spicy. GREG

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  19. I love love love chicken wings. Ususally make them for the Bronco game and sit and eat them like a starved wild animal. I want to try both of your recipes one of these days. GREAT photos by the way! Thanks Chris.

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  20. I don't think I could pick a favorite between the two. I love heat on more heat and I love sweet and heat too. I'm just going to have to try both and then I'll let you know. I sure could go for a batch for breakfast :-)

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  21. as much as I hate to admit it...but i think i need to have sweet and then get my butt kicked!

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  22. Hi Chris, thanks for visiting my blog!
    I just finished eating my spicy chicken wings and seeing your photos making me want more now!
    Both is good but I'll go for the "one two punch" of sweet/heat. I'm gonna try your version next time. Thanks for sharing. :)

    p.s: Your blog is fantastic and I love your photos... awesome!!

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