At the moment there are barbecue restaurants wherever you look in London, but some dishes are just as easily prepared at home as in restaurants, like these scrummy buffalo chicken wings.
As much as I like a certain twist on some classics, some things are just left alone. Like these wings. The combination of crispy skin, tender chicken meat, hot buttery sauce and cooling blue cheese dip is invincible. It is just the celery I am not that keen on, so I substituted it with something else green; an avocado salsa with red onion and coriander. It fits too, even though it is not a classic combination like cheese and celery.
The most important thing when cooking chicken wings is the crispy skin. And it is far easier achieved than you think. All you need is some boiling water and a colander. The hot water makes the skin cells contract and tighten resulting in crispy skin when cooked. Second most important thing when cooking wings is the sauce. It should be Frank’s Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, which I picked up in my local London supermarket. But failing finding it, the likes of Tabasco works too.
Buffalo chicken wings, serves 1
With chicken wings I refer to the de-jointed pieces. Six is a small portion, so just double, quadruple and so on, but then fry the wings in batches.
6 chicken wings
500 ml neutral oil for deep-frying
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp hot sauce
Place the chicken wings in a colander and pour boiling water oven them. Leave to drain. Heat up the oil in a large saucepan. Once it is really hot (try with a piece a bread – if it turn golden it is hot enough) add the chicken wings and fry for about 7 minutes until cooked through and golden brown. Drain on kitchen towel.
While the chicken is frying, melt the butter in a saucepan. Once melted, add the hot sauce and keep warm.
Place the fried chicken wings and spicy butter in a large tupperware box with a secure lid. Toss to coat evenly.
Serve with crusty french bread, avocado salsa and blue cheese dip.
Blue cheese dip, serves 4
200 ml sourcream
2 tbsp mayonnaise, preferably Hellman’s
2 tbsp crumbled Stilton
salt, white pepper
Mix all ingredients until smooth. Season.
Avocado salsa, serves 2
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 lime, the juice
1 handful coriander, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
salt, black pepper
Dice the avocado and place in a bowl. Mix with red onion and coriander. Squeeze in the juice of the lime, add a glug of oil and season. Eat immediately or cover with cling film to keep the avocado from browning.