Peanut Butter Chicken Wings- guest blog post by Josh Weiss Roessler from The Backyard BBQ Blog
It’s tailgating season, which tends to mean lots and lots of burgers and hot dogs, as well as huge vats of chili and – of course – copious amounts of beer. Now, there’s nothing wrong with any of that, but there are plenty of other possibilities for quick and easy recipes that you can grill up before the game. Today I want to offer up one of them that I absolutely love: a recipe for peanut butter chicken wings.
No, this doesn’t just mean that you can coat raw chicken wings with peanut butter and slap them on the grill (I really, really don’t recommend doing that). Think more along the lines of the peanut sauce you find on some Thai dishes—with an added Southern twist that you’re sure to find delicious.
The best part about this recipe—besides its slightly sweet and salty taste, naturally—is that the marinade only takes a couple minutes to throw together and, after the chicken wings have soaked in the marinade for about an hour, they only take about twenty minutes to grill. No rumbling stomachs as your guests wait for hours on end for the food to finally be ready.
Sound good? Well, they taste even better. Let’s take a look at how to make them so that you can enjoy them for yourself.
-3 tbsp soy sauce
-3-4 tbsp Sriracha sauce
-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-2-3 cloves garlic
-2 tbsp green onions
-3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
-I tbsp Dijon mustard
-Enough wings to feed you and your friends (this recipe makes about 12 wings)
Chop up your green onions and garlic. You can substitute pre-minced garlic if you’re in a time crunch, but I recommend using fresh ingredients whenever possible. Mix the green onions and garlic together in a medium bowl with soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, Worcestshire sauce, Dijon mustard, and lime juice, and taste to get the flavor you want (for example, if you like your food really spicy, you might want to go a little heavier on the Sriracha). Next, add peanut butter to the marinade and stir until smooth.
Once you’ve gotten the marinade to your liking, soak your chicken wings in it for about an hour. This should be enough time to let them really absorb the sweet, delicious goodness and keep it while they’re being cooked.
Get your grill up to a medium heat (about 350 degrees—you should be able to hover your hand about 4-5 inches above the grill for 6-7 seconds before it gets too hot to keep it there). Wrap your chicken wings up in greased tin foil—this will really help seal in the flavor. Place the chicken in the tin foil on the grill for about 14 minutes (flip after the first 7 minutes) and then cook the chicken directly on the grill for another 5 minutes. How well-done your chicken is comes down to your preference, but you definitely don’t want it to be undercooked for obvious reasons.
When it’s done, take the chicken off the grill, give it a few minutes to cool down, and share with your friends. For more recipes like this (including delicious sides like corn on the cob grilled the right way) check out Backyard BBQ Blog.