Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tsunami Wings

Super Bowl Recipe #3:  This great alternative to the classic buffalo chicken wing will astonish you with its flavor and spice.  Essentially a joining together of garlic butter, lemon pepper, and cajun spices, it’s a combination that the local Cajun seafood places have used to attract foodies from all over southern California.  This is our recipe for this delicious sauce, only in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl, applied to chicken wings.  We like to grill the wings, because, well, grilled chicken wings taste awesome, and I like to play with fire.  Of course, you can easily fry, sauté, or bake your wings, and they’ll work just as well.

1 ½ lbs chicken wings
½ cup unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
7 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
zest and juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons Spice Mix
1 1/8 cup chicken broth
4 green onions, chopped

Spice Mix:
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
¾ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground thyme
½ teaspoon oregano

In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and spices together.

Place chicken wings in a plastic bag with 1 cup chicken broth.  Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour.  In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Sauté shallots until soft, about 8 minutes.  Add the garlic and sauté for a minute, until the garlic is fragrant.  Take off heat and add salt, pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Spice Mix, and chicken broth.  Any remaining Spicy Mix can be saved for another time.

If grilling, preheat grill to around 350 degrees.  Brush canola oil over grates, to prevent sticking, and immediately place chicken wings on grill and close the lid.  Come back in a few minutes to check; once the bottoms of the wings are nice and crispy, move them aside, brush a little more canola oil on grates, and flip them over.  Once both sides are a little crispy, put wings in a bowl and toss with your sauce.  Place them back on the grill for about a minute to let the sauce thicken and stick to the wings, and then remove from heat and toss again with more sauce.

Serve wings with chopped green onions sprinkled on top.


  1. You've just completed my super bowl menu! Thanks so much! These look ahhhhh-mazing!

  2. I am always up for trying new recipes for wings and these look tasty! So tasty it would be a shame just to segregate these to football season. I like the fact that these are grilled and not fried, saving this recipe. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Tina! Hope you have a great weekend as well :)

  3. These really sound delicious and they have great eye appeal. This is my first visit to your blog, so I took some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings. ..Mary

    1. Thanks Mary! Glad to know the redesign worked; you've actually commented twice before on our blog! Always happy to have you as a reader!

  4. The first thing that jumped out at me...once I tore my eyes away from the delicious photo, was Cajun.:D I'm always looking for new ways to prepare chicken wings, these look fantastic!

    1. thanks! we are definitely big fan of chicken wings :)

  5. Okay, so I can't do wings...just something about em. But, this spice would be good on boneless chicken bites too! Smoked paprika is my new favorite spice this month so love that this recipe includes it.

    1. lol, smoked paprika is one of our favorites too!

  6. Would love to try this out... the photo got me even before the recipe did. A winner all the way

  7. Sounds great and love that you do them on the grill. That's the only way we do ous.

  8. Just spotted this on Recipenewz and thought they looked familiar. lol


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