Asian Style Chicken Wings

Asian Style Chicken Wings

What makes these chicken wings so good, is that this recipe uses a technique called “Brining”.

Brining is the process of submerging a cut of meat in a brine solution, which is simply salt dissolved in water. The meat absorbs extra liquid and salt, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final dish. This technique is particularly great for lean cuts of meat that tend to dry out during cooking.

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This recipe is a fantastic introduction to brining since it is simply water and salt. Brining can get fancy later on when taking on dishes like pork chops and steaks. That is when other seasonings and flavorings are added.

Asian Style Chicken Wings

Peanuts, lime and cilantro are a fun combination that compliment the brown sugar, vinegar and hot sauce used in this recipe. This recipe will satisfy all of the taste buds.

If you have a peanut allergy, then try pecans or toasted shredded coconut.

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • .5 gallon water
  • 2 tablespoons salt (for salted water)
  • .5 cup chicken stock
  • .25 cup chili sauce or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon salt (seasoning to bake the chicken)
  • .5 tablespoon pepper (seasoning to bake the chicken)
  • .5 cup brown sugar
  • .5 cup onion (pureed)
  • .25 cup vinegar
  • 1 lime (juice and zest)
  • .5 cup peanuts (chopped)
  • .5 cup cilantro (chopped)
  1. Add water to a large bowl then season with 2 tablespoons of salt. Stir. Set aside.
  2. Cut chicken wings into pieces and place in the bowl of salted water. Stir, and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400⁰F and be sure the shelves are set in the baking position towards the upper middle half of the oven.
  4. Meanwhile, shred ½ an onion either using a food processor or box grater. The box grater works better as this chunkiness adds to the recipe.
  5. Line a baking sheet with either a silmat, piece of foil that has been sprayed, or parchment paper.
  6. After the chicken has been in the salted water, dry with a towel and place on the lined baking sheet. Salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn the chicken over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.
  8. Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Baste the chicken.
  9. Bake 5 more minutes, turn chicken over and baste a 2nd time. Bake 5 minutes more.
  10. Let cool for 5 minutes, then enjoy!

Tools Necessary-

  • Cutting board
  • Chefs knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Tongs
  • Measuring cups and
  • spoons
  • Sheet pan
  • Silmat or foil or parchment
  • Kitchen towels
  • Adult Supervision
Main Dish, Poultry and Eggs


Avocado Papaya Salad

Super-food Salad

This is an easy and healthy dish that tastes great. It uses the lime zest and cilantro can be added for a darker green color. The lime keeps this salad from oxidizing. As an option add cilantro since this herb goes great with lime. Avocado has so many health benefits according to many medical studies. Papaya is unique because it is not over-commercialized and still retains its intensity of vitamins and minerals. Together this salad really brings up these ingredients to superfood status.

Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat. More potassium than a banana. Loaded with heart healthy fatty acids. Contains a really great amount of fiber. It is said that eating avocados can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Trivia: Known as “Alligator Pear”.

12 Proven Benefits of Avocado

There are so many health benefits of eating papaya. Some are listed here but this link has a great profile for this superfood fruit. Papaya can help prevent inflammation, its great for heart health, prevention of heart disease, supports the immune system, and helps protect against rheumatoid arthritis.

Trivia: Green Tea and Papaya help prevent and fight prostate cancer.

Great News about Papaya


Avocado Papaya Salad

  • 2 avocados (peeled, halved, seeded and sliced length-wise)
  • 1 papayas (peeled, halved, and seeded)
  • 1 lime (zest and juiced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (extra-virgin )
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (white or black or combination)
  1. Slice the avocados lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  2. Slice the papayas width-wise into 1/2-inch thick slices.
  3. Arrange overlapping slices on a serving platter, alternating slices of avocado and papaya.
  4. In a small or medium sized bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Spoon the dressing over the avocado and papaya.

Serve immediately!

Options: Smoked Paprika instead of cayenne. How about chopped flax seeds instead of sesame seeds? Even use some chia seeds for super-food health.

Brunch, Salad