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Orange Sesame Chicken Wings

February 21, 2017

Wings aren't just for football season. We love this recipe, adapted from LuckyPeach's Chicken Issue:

What you'll need:

  1. 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp. orange juice
  2. 1 tbsp. orange zest
  3. 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  4. 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
  5. 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. fresh ginger, chopped or grated
  7. 1 tsp. garlic, chopped or grated
  8. 1/4 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  9. 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  10. 1/4 cup water
  11. 2 lbs of chicken wings 
  12. Kosher salt, to taste
  13. 1 tbsp. neutral oil
  14. 1 tsp. cornstarch
  15. 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  16. Optional: white rice

Preparation:

      1. Whisk your orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and water into a small bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
      2. Season the chicken with salt, to taste. Heat oil of choice in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. In 2 batches, add the chicken wings and cook, turning frequently in the pan, until they are golden brown. This should be about 4 minutes. 
      3. Add half the sauce and bring it to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and gently simmer, until the chicken wings are cooked and the sauce has reduced by 1/3. About 10-12 minutes.
      4. Stir the cornstarch with the remaining tablespoon of orange juice in a bowl. Stir half the mixture into the sauce and return to a full boil. Fold wings in the sauce until coated. Repeat with the second batch. Combine the two batches of chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and toss again.
      5. Serve with white rice.
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