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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Malaysian Chicken Wings: Two Ways

It's football* season! Have you had your chicken wings yet?

Malaysian Barbecued Chicken Wings and Fragrant Chicken Wings

Malaysian Barbecued Chicken Wings and Fragrant Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a favorite football season food. The National Chicken Council estimates that 2.55 BILLION pounds of chicken wings will be consumed IN 2008. Of that, 90 million pounds were consumed just during Super Bowl weekend alone.

But if you're like me, you've had many a chicken wing that was seriously over-fried, dried out and chewy. Then those hot wings were covered in hot sauce to make up for the lack of any other flavor. Instead of suffering through another batch of fatally flawed wings, try making these two recipes for chicken wings.

Grilled or barbequed chicken wings are very popular in Malaysia. In almost any hawker center or food court, you will often see one stall selling nothing but grilled chicken wings. And they are so yummy. Grilled perfectly with that touch of honey and soy- and oyster-based sauce, they are the perfect anytime snack.

While at the grocery store recently, I saw some chicken wings for sale and immediately thought of this Malaysian barbecued chicken wings recipe. I snapped up the whole tray (about 25 wings total) and brought it home. As I was thinking of how to use up all these wings, I started looking at my other cookbooks and found a second recipe called Fragrant Chicken Wings that sounded good to me .

So instead of marinating my chicken wings in just one marinade, I decided to do them both. The Malaysian Barbecued Chicken Wings recipe I had done before and knew them to be good (try them smoked if you can--it kicks up the flavor even more). The second would be new to me but looking at the ingredients, I knew it would be a winner and I was right.

I recommend that you marinate your chicken overnight for optimum flavor penetration. As a matter of fact, the first recipe can be marinated as long as 3 days. If you want, I'm sure you could use chicken thighs or legs for the marinades but nothing beats the wings, I guarantee!

You can cook the chicken wings on your grill, in your smoker or if it's too cold to fire up your grill (is there such a thing, Nate would ask!), you could bake these and finish them off with a quick broil to give them that nice charred flavor.

Grilled Malaysian Barbecued Chicken Wings

Grilled Malaysian Barbecued Chicken Wings

Barbecued Chicken Wings

recipe adapted from "The Food of Malaysia" by Wendy Hutton

6 large chicken wings (I find that you could use up to 10 with the same amount of marinade)
1/2 tsp Chinese wine
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
2 Tbsp dark soy sauce (I told you, you'd find this sauce useful in many of my recipes, go get thee some!)
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tbsp honey
salt and pepper to taste (well, I just normally put in a big pinch of kosher salt, and shake my white pepper vigorously for 5 seconds--does that help?)

1. Combine all the ingredients
and marinate the chicken wings for 6 hours, up to 3 days. I find a ziplock bag really handy for this purpose--just squeeze out all the air and massage the marinate into the chicken wings. Flip around once or twice before cooking.
2. Grill it on your barbeque until golden brown and cooked or bake at 425 F for about 20-25 mins and finish with a 2-3 minute broil for added color.

Fragrant Chicken Wings

recipe adapted from "Sensational Starters and Finger Foods" by Wendy Hutton

1 kg (2lbs) chicken wings
2 stalks (or 3) lemongrass, outer fibrous layer removed and only bottom third of stalk used
2 (or 4, hee hee) shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
2 large red chillies (more or less depending on how spicy or not you want it)
2-3 cloves garlic (I always add more--4?)
1/2 inch galangal, sliced (I didn't have any so I just used about a thumb-sized piece of ginger instead)
1 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp tumeric powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp fish sauce

Ingredients for Fragrant Chicken Wings

Ingredients for Fragrant Chicken Wings

1. In a food processor, grind the lemongrass, shallots, red chillies, garlic, galangal (or ginger) until fine (use the oil to keep the blades turning and to help it become more paste-like).
2. Add the tumeric powder, sugar, salt and fish sauce to the paste.
3. Coat the chicken wings with the marinade, mixing well to ensure even coating. Again, using the ziplock bag method is best for me. Marinate for at least 2 hours but overnight is best.
4. Grill on your barbeque until golden brown and cooked or bake at 425 F for about 20-25 mins and finish with a 2-3 minute broil for added color (didn't I just say this earlier?).

Fragrant Malaysian Chicken Wings

 Fragrant Malaysian Chicken Wings


Cheers, Annie

*American football, that is. Yes, it seems a little weird calling it football when most of the time the ball is being thrown or caught. I've learnt to live with this silliness and correct myself whenever I'm thinking soccer (which is the real football!).

Hungry for more chicken dishes? Click below:

Rendang Chicken

Stir-fried Cumin Chicken (Ayam Goreng Berjintan)

Braised Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic

Thai Green Curry

Roast Chicken with White Bean Stew


Maria Verivaki said...

absolutely brilliant - my favorite carnivorous snack

Anonymous said...

I love chicken wings, too. I always cut off that tip at the first joint, and throw the tips into a container in the freezer. Then, when it's time to make chicken stock, I pour all of the tips into a pot with water, an onion, and some black peppercorns and a slice of ginger.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nate & Annie,

I love this fragrant chic wings recipe. Have made this at least 20 times before :) It´s been always a hit with my friends here. Whenever I make it, I would make about 100 wings and freeze them in smaller portions. On days when I´m lazy or no idea what to cook, I just pull out a bag from the freezer and tadah...dinner is ready :)Yr beautiful pics of the chic wings is making me drool and wanting some of it right now...


Anonymous said...

Aren't wings just the best party food ever? So easy, but always crowd favorites.

RecipeGirl said...

No, I haven't made wings yet this football season, but both of your recipes sound amazing!

Unknown said...

i just had some over-fried dried out and chewy wings last was so sad!

i'm definitely trying these two ways!

Anonymous said...

Yummm ... the BBQ chicken wings look really delicious!

ICook4Fun said...

I have some wings left in the freezer and I can't wait to try out your Fragrant Chicken Wings recipe. It look so good!

Anonymous said...

Holy hot wings Nate man.
Those look wonderful. Your photography is terrific as usual.

noobcook said...

wow, 3 days of marinating! no wonder they look so perfect ;p

Anonymous said...

Those wings sounds great. I can't wait to try. I'm thinking of doing a Chicken Wing Cook-off, and these are definitely going to be contestants.

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Anonymous said...

The wings look great. It makes me want to fire up the grill next Sunday.

Anonymous said...

I love that these use the whole wing (instead of discarding the tip). Yummy looking, I'll have to give these a try.

tigerfish said...

I opt for the fragrant chicken wings if I were to choose. Simply love turmeric and spice condiments in my chicken wings!

Family First said...

the spicy version looks absolutely delish!

Elaine said...

That first chicken wing looked like the ones from Jalan Alor, KL! And thanks for sharing the recipe for that cookbook. I wanted to get it but now I think I will :)

Food Paradise said...

wow.... look delicious. Thanks for the recipe sharing. lol

Anonymous said...

Annie, that fragrant Malaysian chicken wings make me drooling! :-)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@all - thanks for your comments!

@Eliz - thank you for your excellent testimonial about using this recipe. I'm so glad to hear that it works out well for you!

TAN said...

I going to try soon Malaysia. ;)

allison said...

Hi Nate and Annie,
We love wings, always looking for new ways to grill them. Will try yours.
Have a great day.

Kana said...

Love the fragrant chicken... I am drooling ( and I have just had my fill of malaysian food for 6 weeks!)

Aggie said...

Those wings look fantastic! I will have to throw some of those together for my husband (who loooooves wings!) I love them grilled like that! Great blog!!

Rico said...

I just love wings chicken ones I mean,, I also made some with cucscus...very nice and beautiful pictures.

clicked a few $ :)

Anonymous said...

This has to be the best recipe for chicken wings I have ever seen. I have written it down and plan to make them this weeken.

You rock guys!!

Gita Jaishankar said...

Hi, thanks for the comment. The malaysian chicken wings looks very crispy and yummy :) I should make this for the weekend...

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@all - thanks for the compliments. it really warms my heart to know you are enjoying our recipes!

notyet100 said...

liked the fragrant version gonna try this soon,...:-)

notyet100 said...

liked the fragrant version gonna try this soon,...:-)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@notyet100 - do let us know how it turns out for you!

Bunny said...

I tried the Jln Alor Chicken wings and they were so good! And it is a good idea to marinate on the day before. Thanks for the recipe!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@May - I'm so glad you tried it and liked it! Warms my heart ;-)

sandrine said...

Made the fragrant Malaysian chicken wings for BBQ last night. All my friends were asking me for the recipe. I just shared your recipe link with them.
Thanks for posting an amazing recipe again!

Nate @ House of Annie said...

@Sandrine - thanks for sharing! :-)