In the first quarter of my life, it seems I have depended on others to teach me some of life’s little wisdoms. My mom taught me the importance of simple pleasures like fresh cut flowers, warm cookies, & fuzzy blankets. My sister taught me how to ride a bike & how to do my hair & makeup (though let’s be honest, I have no idea how to do my hair or makeup). My grandma taught me that blackberry brandy is the best nightcap for a long day.
Some lessons come at a great price and carry a great deal of nostalgia. This recipe is one that is weighty in my memory. It was developed between my ex-boyfriend, a lover of fried chicken wings, and me, a reformed vegetarian who didn’t love the thought of eating meat from a bone. It’s one of those recipes that you learn because you care about someone & want to make them happy.
Spicy BBQ Boneless Wings
yields: 2-3 servings
2 small chicken breasts
1 c. flour
2 t. salt
1/2 t. paprika
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 c. milk
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Chop chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and coat in flour mixture. Set aside for one hour.
Combine milk & egg in a bowl. Dip coated chicken pieces in the wet mixture and roll in the flour mixture a second time.
In a cast iron or heavy skillet, fill with oil so it will cover about half of the chicken chunks (I always fry things in my cast iron because it has good, even heat. ‘Tis the cook’s choice. Fry however you love to fry things). Heat the oil to medium/medium-high heat.
Place the wings in the oil and fry about two minutes on each side, until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper-towel lined bowl until ready to toss.
Spicy Wing Sauce
1/4 c. Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ (or whatever BBQ you have)
1/8 c. hot sauce
1/8 c. sriracha
1 T. Butter
In a small saucepan, heat ingredients until the butter has melted & the sauce is smooth.
Place sauce in a large bowl. Toss with fried chicken chunks to coat.
Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese or celery & a cold beer 🙂