This is one of Steven Raichlen’s recipes that puts a twist on classic hot wings by adding Eastern flavors like sriracha and ginger. When paired with the homemade gorgonzola cheese sauce the flavors are amazing. These wings have been a favorite of my family and friends for years now. In fact my youngest daughter usually requests these as the main dish for her birthday dinner.
First make the marinade/sauce for the wings. For this step you’ll need:
- 1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter
- 4 clove garlic, minced
- 4 scallions, trimmed, white parts minced, green parts finely chopped for garnish
- 1 tablespoon peeled, minced, fresh ginger
Start by melting 3 tablespoons of the butter in a pan. Add the garlic, scallions and ginger and cook for about 3 minutes until fragrant but not brown.
Next add the remaining butter along with:
- 1 cup Thai hot sauce (Sriracha) or other hot sauce
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of coarse salt
Bring the mixture to a boil. Then remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Put 4-5 pounds of chicken wings into a 1 gallon ziplock bag. Pour the room temperature marinade over the wings. Seal the bag and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
While the wings are marinating setup your grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Drain the wings and put the marinade in a pan. Scrape any excess marinade off of the wings and back into the pan. Bring the sauce to a full boil for 3 minutes. It is critical that you let the sauce come to a full boil to kill any bacteria from the uncooked chicken.
Place the chicken on the grill. Turn the wings occasionally and grill them until they are cooked through and skin is golden and a bit crispy. I like doing these on the Kamado Joe because of the heat consistency of the ceramic even when the dome is closed. I have also done these on Weber kettle and gas grills.
Place the cooked wings in a large bowl and pour the cooked sauce over them. Toss the wings to be sure and coat all the pieces with sauce. Sprinkle chopped green onion on top and serve. I serve this with Raichlen’s gorgonzola cheese sauce which is super fast and easy to make.
- 4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese (rind trimmed off)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Combine the cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, onion and pepper in a bowl and mix by hand thoroughly. Allow it to chill in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before you plan to serve it.