Simple Sriracha Hot Wings

Hot wings.  The quintessential Super Bowl party food and often a favorite snack of the college crowds. Despite their popularity, I have shied away from making them for parties since I didn’t want to slave over a vat of oil. After some kitchen tinkering, my hot wing-free party spreads are now a thing of the past. I recently tried baking them to achieve the crispy golden crust and I was pleasantly surprised that they fit-the-bill without the mess of deep frying.

The first thing to remember when preparing hot wings is to use wingettes and drumettes, not the entire wing ( I have my mother-in-law to thank for that tip!). Wingettes and drumettes can be purchased pre-packaged, or you can buy whole wings and separate them into the tip, wingette, and drumette (discarding the tip section).

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After an hour of baking, my wingettes and drumettes were ready to be slathered in a hot sauce.  A mixture of sriracha sauce, chili sauce, and butter created a spicy coating with what I would consider medium level heat. Once the wingettes and drumettes are coated, the sriracha hot wings are ready to serve with whichever dipping sauce you prefer – ranch or blue cheese.

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Even surrounded by a variety of dips and other snacks, these sriracha hot wings stand out as a sure crowd-pleaser.

 


Simple Sriracha Hot Wings

2 ½ pounds wingettes
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
¼ cup sriracha sauce (my preference is Tuong Ot Sriracha)
¼ cup chili sauce

Preheat oven to 400 °F.

Place a wire rack on a baking tray and spray with non-stick spray. Place chicken on the rack and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until golden brown. Just before the chicken is done, stir together the butter, sriracha, and chili sauce in a large bowl.  Add the cooked chicken wingettes to the bowl and toss to coat.  Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

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Firecracker Coleslaw

As July fourth approaches, it usually means an abundance of picnics and barbecues to celebrate Independence Day. Most certainly the typical fare of pasta salad, potato salad, burgers and franks will be present, as will be . . . coleslaw! For my contribution to this weekend’s festivities, I’ve decided to bring my vibrant and irresistible coleslaw with a fiery kick.

I start with a bit of red cabbage, yellow pepper, and golden delicious apple . . .

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Which get shredded into a kaleidoscope of slaw.

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Mayonnaise and sriracha sauce provide a creamy/spicy coat and a dash of celery seed gives a bit of extra crunch.

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That’s it! The bold flavor and color are sure to be a hit. Also, a quick side dish means more time to relax this holiday weekend, spend time with my family, and reflect on how thankful I am for a free country and the individuals who selflessly defend our freedom. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

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Firecracker Coleslaw

½ lb red cabbage
1 yellow pepper, seeds and stem removed
1 golden delicious apple, cored
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon celery seed
Shred the cabbage, yellow pepper, and apple and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, and celery seed, making sure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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