Hot and Spicy Chicken Wings
The trick to getting a crispy skin without deep frying, is to line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and liberally spray it with a cooking spray. The cooking spray helps the wings not to stick and aids in the browning process. I remove the wing tips and split the drummette from the wing.
After washing and drying your chicken wings (very important steps), you will season them with black pepper, paprika, onion powder and granulated garlic to taste. Mix with your hands and refrigerate until you are ready to bake them. Be sure to pull them out and get them to room temperature prior to baking. You will bake the wings part way without the sauce!
Another very important tip - this recipe makes more than enough sauce. Be sure you place the partially cooked wings in a separate bowl and when it is time to baste them you will pour the wing sauce over them. The remainder of sauce remains untainted from the chicken and can be refrigerated for up to 3 months.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl you will whisk together the following ingredients. It is very important to whisk it versus stirring - you get the oil fully incorporated into the sauce.
3/4 cup olive oil or any other oil you choose is fine
1/8 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/3 cup and 1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. salt
1/8 cup (approx. 2 tbsp.) cayenne pepper
3 heaping tbsp. light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
In a preheated 400 degree oven bake the wings and drummettes skin side down for about 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes turn them over and cook about 5 more minutes. Remove them from the oven and place them in a large bowl. Pour as much of the sauce as you want over the chicken. Mix thoroughly in the sauce and place them skin up in oven. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes more until the sauce has had its' chance to bake onto the chicken.
Serve with sour cream, ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Grilled Kielbasa with Barbecue Sauce Glaze
Kielbasa is made by a number of different companies. The brand we like in our household is Roesseler's. They are larger than most on the market in a local grocery store here in Connecticut. The flavor is on the mild side and perfect for this dish. You can choose any grocery store brand of barbecue sauce you like or try mine.
You can make the barbecue sauce days in advance. Put in a sealed container and refrigerate. Any left over sauce will keep well in a sealed container for at least 3 weeks.
1 or 2 rings kielbasa
1 1.2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 sweet onion - finely diced
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil (or any oil)
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper - more to taste
Pinch of salt
Add the olive oil to a sauce pot and then the onions. Cook until the onions begin to soften then add in the garlic and stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes and add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir and cook uncovered for about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Take the kielbasa and split open lengthwise. On the outdoor grill over 300 - 350 degree heat, grill the kielbasa to a nice brown. Baste with the barbecue sauce and grill for 1-2 minutes more and turn over and do the same for the other side. If you don't have an outdoor grill do this on an indoor grill pan or a frying pan.
Slice the kielbasa on the bias (looks better for presentation) into 1/2" thick pieces. You are ready to serve. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken
This is really, really good and can be an appetizer served with toothpicks. It's not overly expensive to make, especially if you take advantage of your store's sale items.
Boneless skinless chicken breasts
In a bowl combine these ingredients:
1 cup light brown sugar
2 tbsp. chili powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Take the boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1/2" thick)
Bacon - slice and wrap around each piece of chicken then roll in the brown sugar mixture.
Place the pieces on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the chicken is done. About 15-20 minutes.