My all-time favourite ingredient combination transforms the simple chicken wing into something extraordinary! When it comes to Honey Garlic Chicken Wings, I don’t share!
The simple combination of honey and garlic on chicken has always been one such flavour combination that I simply cannot resist. Diet or no diet, Dear Reader, if it’s placed in front of me, I’m going to eat it!
I can still remember the first time I was introduced to the flavour combination. I was nineteen years old and I had just started a part time job at Pizza Hut to help put myself through college. If the staff worked more than a five hour shift, they were entitled to a meal at a value of five dollars or less.
Now, I know that five dollars doesn’t sound like much, but this was in the early nineties, so that’s like fifteen bucks or so nowadays. Anyway, I would always order half dozen honey garlic wings. They weren’t covered in a sticky sauce the way I like to eat them now, but more like a glaze.
That was about twenty five years ago! When John.e reads this, he’s going to ask me, “Do you remember what you were wearing?” And, the truth of the matter is yes, I do!
Let me explain. Whenever we talk about something that has happened more than a few months back, my memory always wins, because I remember smaller details like what day of the week it was, what we ate that day, and most unusually, I remember what I was wearing – as well as what the people with me were wearing too!
So, for example, we’ll be driving in the car and I will point out a restaurant and make the suggestion that we should go back sometime. He will say we’ve never been there. And, I’ll reply with, “Yes, we have. It was about three years ago. I was wearing that red plaid shirt that I got in Montreal and you were wearing your button fly jeans with the tree fort t-shirt.
I. Win. Every. Time. Hands. Down. So now, it’s become a running joke. McKenna has even picked up on it and when arguing with me about something, she’ll blurt out, “Oh yeah!? What was I wearing??”
All of this to tell you that I remember the first time I tasted the combination of honey and garlic. I dearly loved it and continue to make honey garlic dishes quite often. The single most popular dish here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen happens to have honey and garlic. You’ve got to try it! It’s my Honey Garlic Baked Pork Bites.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, I had worked at Pizza Hut for just a few weeks when I was asked if I’d like to become a part of the management team. Once my initial management training was complete, my green and black uniform changed slightly.
So, to bring this story full circle, I was wearing black pants, black shoes with rubber soles, a short-sleeved, white, button-front shirt with a gold name tag, and black hat with a bright red Pizza Hut logo. At that time, I used to wear an earring too, and wore this tacky silver hoop. My hair was also died platinum blonde.
I’m going to stop now, because I’m starting to remember more about what I was wearing than I really care to! You just go ahead now and make these Honey Garlic Chicken Wings and forget all about that picture I just painted!
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Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
- 16 chicken wings
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted, plus more for garnish
- 1 whole green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish - optional
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Wash wings in cold water and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels.
- Lay wings onto parchment paper, leaving at least an inch of space between each. Sprinkle over half the salt.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Flip wings over. Sprinkle over remaining salt, and bake for 20 more minutes.
- In the meantime, add the following ingredients to a skillet - honey, garlic, ginger, and water.
- Over medium-high heat, whisk the ingredients together and allow them to come to a low boil until sauce has thickened.
- By this time, the wings will be ready. Remove from oven and add to the skillet with the sauce. At this point, add the toasted sesame seeds.
- Toss together, cooking over medium-high heat until the wings have absorbed all of the sauce and the wings start to char.
- Remove wings from skillet and onto a serving plate. Garnish with more sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
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