FRIED chicken has seen a real surge in popularity and status over the past few years, with both local takeaways and high-end restaurants seeing a huge boom in sales. The recent TV series which featured a London fried chicken shop only goes to prove how prevalent this type of fast food has become within society (although this is not necessarily a good thing).
Of course we’re all familiar with the greasy take-away varieties and the famous chain of fried chicken restaurants – but don’t be put off by this if you’re not a fan. Fresh, homemade fried chicken recipes are really delicious and are up there with some of the nation’s favourite comfort foods. It’s much better, healthier and often cheaper to create your favourite take-away meals at home where possible – it just requires a little more effort. Prepare yours with a variety of herbs, spices and sauces and you’ll never visit a take-away shop again!
One of the easiest things to try are these crispy chicken wings which are really moist and tasty. You can also pick up a pretty decent family-sized bag for a only few quid so you can whip up an impromptu Saturday night treat without breaking the bank. Chicken wings are also great for parties as they’re great finger food – just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand for the messy eaters!
This recipe requires the chicken to be deep fried. If you don’t have a fryer you can heat the oil in a deep pan – but please use a thermometer and take great care with the hot oil. Obviously fried food isn’t the healthiest of options but you can enjoy these tasty treats in moderation without feeling too guilty!
900g chicken wings
200g panko breadcrumbs
100g plain flour
2 tbsp. Cajun spice
1 tbsp. peri peri spices
For The Dipping Sauce:
1 onion finely diced
4 jalapenos, finely sliced
200ml tomato ketchup
Splash Worcester sauce
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp soy sauce
50ml chicken stock
Preheat oven to 200c
In a large pan sweat the onions and jalapenos over a medium heat for 5 minutes. Add the stock and simmer for 30 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and transfer to a bowl before blending to a smooth consistency. Add the ketchup, Worcester sauce, honey and soy sauce and mix well to create your dipping sauce.
In another bowl mix together the panko breadcrumbs, flour and spices. Generously coat the wings in this mixture and then deep fry for 5 minutes until golden brown.
Transfer to a roasting tray and place in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes to further crisp up the wings.
Serve hot with the dipping sauce on the side.