Chicken Wings with Thai-Inspired Coffee Barbecue Sauce

July 10, 2012

Chicken Wings with Thai-Inspired Coffee Barbecue Sauce

The hint of lime in these wings elevates this from the ordinary to the POW! And, the honey and coffee softens the bite of the chili. It makes a great appetizer and a delicious entrée to take on picnics and, of course, to the baseball game be it Little or Major League. Because they're baked, they can be made in any season and served with rice and a salad, or crudités and a Thai noodle dish. Thai Iced Coffee is a terrific accompaniment.

Spices, sauces, and chilies are available in the Asian or Mexican sections of most major grocery stores.

Chicken Wings with Thai-Inspired Coffee Barbecue Sauce Ingredients: 
24 whole chicken wings 
1/2 cup orange blossom or other mild honey 
3 tablespoons tamari sauce 
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons fish sauce (don't fret, it works!) 
1 tablespoon strongly brewed coffee 
Juice of 1 lime 
Grated fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon, about 
Grated rind of 2 limes, white pith removed 
2 teaspoons red chili sauce (or 2 fresh chilies, chopped fine)
2 cloves of garlic, minced 
1/2 tablespoon ground coriander seeds 
1/2 cup fresh coriander, roughly chopped (aka cilantro)

When ready to bake, place the oven rack so that it is as close as possible to the top heating element of your oven. 
Using a set of tongs, place wings on a perforated broiling pan over a solid broiling pan to catch any drippings. 
Place this on the oven rack. Baste the wings once or twice on each side with remaining marinade and watch carefully while they bake. 
Turn them over, using the tongs, every five minutes until done, about 15 minutes. 
Serve wings hot with a little fresh coriander sprinkled over the top or with your favorite bottled Thai chili sauce.

If taking them to a game, store the wings in a heat-insulated box and put the fresh coriander in a separate plastic box so that it will not wilt from the heat of the wings.