Who doesn’t love chicken wings? Lets face it people, its one of the most popular bites to accompany your cold beer. Hot wings, bbq wings, honey glazed wings ( I should write about honey glazed wings sometime) it’s a snack you can’t resist.
Ever since I realized how easy it is to make I always keep small packs of wings (usually of ten, 5 for each person) in the freezer so when the night calls it I’ m always ready to deliver. It could be a movie night with my husband or having friends over for a beer on casual Fridays or whenever the situation calls for it. You can accompany your wings with almost everything, chips, crisps, tortillas, variety of sauces or green salad for those who like it fresh and healthy. My personal favorite is a side dish of butternut squash and potato chunks with blue cheese and smoked pecans.
Yes I am a bohemien and I love mixing ingredients as much as I love mixing fashion trends. You have to take my word for this side dish and try it at least once. I’m pretty sure you are going to love it.
So back to our chicken wings now. I promised you the easy version this time, the one that never fails, the one that everybody loves. Surprisingly you will only need a good chicken mix spice, some extra smoked paprika and a few drops of olive oil. Yeap, this is how easy it is.
There are many spice-mixes for chicken but I want you to find a good one, one that has a good balance of rosemary, coriander seeds, cumin, turmeric and dried onion or you can make your own mix by combining all these spices. You can use this mix to make spicy popcorn or spicy roasted almonds. Now the key spice is smoked paprika. You have to find this spice and have it in your collection because it’s the one that gives this deep earthy smoked flavor in your food. For each tea spoon of spice-mix for chicken you will need one tea spoon of smoked paprika (1:1). For 10 chicken wings (2 portions) you will need 2 teaspoons of your mix (chicken mix + smoked paprika).
Put the wings in a boll and drizzle them with some olive oil, then add your spices and some salt to the taste and massage gently until your wings are fully covered. The longer you leave your wings with the spices the tastier they get. You can let them in the fridge over a night or just for a couple of hours or you can cook them immediately. It is important to be in room temperature before you put it in the oven. Place the wings in a baking pan on a baking sheet (don’t overload your pan) and bake them in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes in 220C (430F).
Easy spicy wings recipe : (for 2 people)
- 10 chicken wings
- 2 teaspoons of spices (chicken mix + smoked paprika)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or any other vegetable oil)
20-25 minutes in a preheated oven (220C /430F)
As for this amazing side dish you will need the same amount of potatoes and butternut squash (2 medium potatoes and 200gr./ 7 ounces of squash) cut in medium dices, seasoned with salt, black pepper and some dried thyme, drizzled with olive oil. Put it in a bake pan on a baking sheet and roast it in the oven for 25 minutes in 220C / 430F. When its done serve hot and add some blue cheese chunks and some smoked pecans. The sweetness of the butternut comes in balance with blue cheese and the smoked pecans add texture and smokiness.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and remember….you don’t need to spend your life in the kitchen to make something nice and tasty, you just need to act smart and bohemien.