Came home tonight and My hubs had made one of his signature dishes, Crunch Sesame Chicken Wings. And they were so beyond good I could not believe it. Yes, I had to pin him down when it came to writing the recipe since he usually is a riffing type of cook. BUT--I noticed Mad Hungry open on the counter which means he actually consulted his own recipe. Baby steps folks. Baby steps. Here it is for you.
Crunchy Sesame Chicken Wings
From Mad Hungry, by Lucinda Scala Quinn
I will fight for the wings every time a whole chicken is served for dinner. Unfortunately, I raised boys who also want them, so now and then we need to have all-wing dinners. For us wing-lovers, wings – as a main dish or snacking food – are pure heaven. I especially like when the wing tip is extra crispy and I can chew it down to the end, like a potato chip. My husband started cutting them off and cooking them separately to snack on, which also allows more wings to fit on a baking sheet. Wings can also be separated in 2 for smaller portions, detaching the drumette at the joint. Serve with a bottle of hot sauce at the table.
20 chicken wings
3 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
Hot sauce, for serving
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. Add the eggs and toss to coat. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with baking parchment or coat the pan with oil.
2. In a small bowl, combine the sesame seeds, flour, salt, cayenne, bread crumbs, and garlic. Dip each wing into the sesame mixture to fully coat. Place the coated wings side by side on the prepared baking sheet.
3 Bake for 30 minutes and increase the temperature to 400°F (205°C). Cook until the wings are golden brown and sizzling, 20 to 30 more minutes. Immediately remove the wings from the baking sheet while hot. Serve with hot sauce.
Yield: Makes 20 wings