Saturday, January 3, 2009

La Brea Tar Pit Chicken Wings

Technically, these are not wings. I had a good reason, honest I did! The recipe called for using wings, but taking the skinny end piece off, so, being the food genius in this household, I used drumsticks: more meat, same great taste.

This recipe came from a cookbook one of my daughters got me for Christmas, The Best Recipes of 2005-2006. The title made me wonder, of course, why anyone would be authoritative enough to designate the best recipes, but I'm often accused of overthinking everything. Anyway, what you've been waiting for is not my self-analysis, but.....

LA BREA TAR PIT CHICKEN WINGS

4 pounds chicken drumsticks or wings or drumettes
1 cup soy sauce (use a premium brand)
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground ginger.

Heat the soy sauce, wine, sugar and ginger until the sugar dissolves. Arrange the chicken pieces in a single layer in the pan, pour the sauce over it and let it marinate an hour, turning once. Bake 45 minutes at 400F, then turn the wings over in the sauce and bake for another hour. The sauce will thicken and look rather tarlike, but it's got a heavenly flavor. Serve with plenty of napkins. 8 of us consumed 6 pounds of these, even with 3 pounds of meatballs and 4 pounds of sausage (plus breadsticks and calzone) on the table. You know they were good.

10 comments:

noble pig said...

We used to go to the La Brea Tar Pits for field trips as kids...funny they used it for the name of the chicken. Sounds yummy!

prairierunner said...

This I'm going to have to try. Looks good. This is my fourth and last try. Blogger hates me!!!!!

Peter M said...

Love the name, the colour of the chicken and the ease to prepare these.

Paula said...

Wing, leg, thigh ... I'm not picky! This sound so good. Kind of like a sweet and sour thing. I love the kick from the ginger. I bet my menfolk would snarf these down. YUM!

Paula said...

Oh geez, I didn't mean to say sweet sour ... I meant teriyaki flavor. :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh my God. I have to come over. You measure your food in pounds!!!

Pam said...

Mmmm. They look delicious. I love the caramelized color of the chicken.

Katherine Aucoin said...

You're speaking my language with those drumsticks. I am drooling. I've gotten caught up on your blog and glad your kitchen floor is finished loks like it came out great.

veedogknitter said...

wow, those just look phenomenally good!!

Charli and me said...

This looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. This will be neat for a football party.