Buffalo-style chicken wings are perennially red—from the dose of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce that they traditionally get. But wings can be more than red—they can be green, too! Inspired by the Jamaican Lime Varietal Chile Extract from Henry Family Farm, I have just created a Jamaican-feeling hot wing dish that, to me, is as delicious as the original. If you want an even more vivid green hue, feel free to boost with a little green food coloring. And, yes, you can do the celery sticks and blue cheese dressing alongside—though I like these yummy wings just on their own, with a cold bottle of Red Stripe!
Makes 24 pieces
12 large chicken wings, about 2 lbs.
2 medium cloves garlic
2 teaspoons allspice
2 teaspoons ground fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 quart vegetable oil
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons Jamaican Lime chile extract, plus extra for splashing
1 lime, cut into quarters
1. Cut off and discard the small wing tip from each wing. Cut the remainder of each wing into two pieces, making a total of 24 pieces.
2. Smash the garlic, remove peel, add a good sprinkle of salt, and smash/mince into a paste.
3. In a mixing bowl, blend the garlic paste well with the allspice, fennel, sugar and a fresh grinding of black pepper to taste. Add the cut chicken and coat evenly. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
4. When ready to prepare wings, heat the oil to 375°F. Fry the chicken wings, turning occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until the wings are crisp and brown.
5. While wings are cooking, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. When just melted, add the chile extract, blending well. Place in large, shallow bowl to toss with wings.
6. When wings have cooked, spread out on paper towels, and sprinkle with salt. Add wings to shallow bowl with flavored butter, and coat well.
7. Spread wings on serving platter, drizzle with Jamaican Lime chile extract, and fresh squeezed lime.
NOTE: If you wish to present an even greener color, the flavored butter can be combined in the saucepan with a few drops of green food coloring.
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