Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Buffalo Wings

Party food is NEVER paleo/primal approved. Am I right???! WRONG! Sure, if all your other friends who think you're crazy for eating the way you do are throwing a party, then ok, the dishes probably aren't going to be the best choices for sticking to a good food regimen. But if you throw your own party, then there's no reason why you can't have all the good stuff and make it without all the bad stuff. And there's no reason why you can't make it taste GREAT while you're at it! Looks like you can have your cake and eat it too... Ok, so maybe not cake.

Buffalo Wings
2 lbs chicken wings and/or drummettes*
Salt, pepper, ground coriander, garlic powder and paprika (to taste)
Coconut oil
¼ cup butter
Preferred hot sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking pan with foil. Rinse chicken in a colander and shake dry (just remove as much excess water as possible). Place chicken in baking pan. Season as desired with salt, pepper, ground coriander, garlic powder, and paprika. Generally, just a light sprinkle on each wing or leg. Bake in the oven 20-25 minutes until temp placed in thickest piece of chicken (not touching the bone) reads 160°F.

Heat a 1-1.5 inch layer of coconut oil in a deep skillet or wok on medium to medium high heat (I prefer the wok because you can get a deeper layer of oil without using as much). When hot but not smoking, place a single layer of chicken in the oil. BE CAREFUL: liquids from the chicken may cause the oil to splatter. Use a splatter guard or lid to avoid hot oil! The chicken should be a third to halfway submerged. Cook each side 3-5 minutes until crispy. Remove to plate and repeat with any additional chicken.

Melt butter in a medium dish with a tight lid. Add desired amount of hot sauce. Less for mild, more for hot, tons for super spicy (or even add in some sriracha or other spicier pepper or hot sauce!). Stir. Add in crispy chicken. Secure lid and toss thoroughly to coat. Open up and dig in!

*This is easily multiplied to serve as many people as you need. Just double, triple, quadruple, and so on!