My buddy Mike over at Mike’s Table did a teriyaki chicken (click here to read the recipe) and I had been dying to do something similar. Thankfully the opportunity arose in chicken wings.
Most people when they think chicken wings instantly think deep fried. Not that I am health conscious but deep fried wings have never held a candle to grilled wings (I can already see some typing out nasty comments calling me an idiot). There is just something magical about wings that have been hit with charcoal and have grill marks over them. The other advantages to grilling wings is at the end I do not have to drain and dispose of oil or have that fried smell in the house that brings back bad flashbacks of my 6 month stint in a Burger King when I was 16 (by the way is anyone else freaked out by their commercials now?).
I also dare anyone think of a better evening than staring at a grill with a beer in one hand in a zen like state of relaxation? Especially if you have friends who can stand around the grill and stoke your ego as you perfectly flip the burger or give that steak those killer diamond grill marks. Speaking of killer diamond grill marks check out Peter over at Kaloagas.ca’s steak (click here to see the pictures and his amazing recipes).
On one final note a friend sent me another horrible joke that has to be shared.
Who made a pig out of a pound of bacon and a canned ham?
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 pound chicken wings
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 thumb size piece of ginger finely diced
- 1-2 hot peppers diced (I used finger hot peppers but a jalapeno would work too)
- 1 shallot finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic finely diced
- dash of toasted sesame seed oil
- pinch of coriander
- pinch of black pepper
Combine everything together and let the chicken marinate overnight.
When grilling recipes that have a good amount of sugar the grill temperature stays near medium-low. This does add to the amount of time it takes to cook the dish however, it avoids the dreaded burnt sugar that will ruin any dish.
If you have some green onions or sesame seeds they would make the perfect garnish. Wish I would have thought of that last night instead of right now (insert Homer Simpson going doh).