How to make boneless chicken wings
Boneless cuddle spicy chicken wings
7 Step: Step 1: Ingredients Step 2: Debone and Marinate the Wings Step 3: Make the Sausage Step 4: Filling the Wings Step 5: Grill the Wings Step 6: Making the Glaze Step 7: It's Time to Eat!
Who doesn't love a crispy delicious chicken wing! Chicken wings are one of America's favorite foods for good reason. They are crispy, flavorful, and fun to eat! Inspired by the great Asian flavored wings at Pok Pok in Portland and Mopho in New Orleans, this is an Instructable for a chicken wing with a twist. A chicken wing that is still worthy of the best finger food of any tailgate party, but also suitable for the middle of the platter of a fine dining meal. These wings aren't fried, they're grilled. And take advantage of this ... no bones !! The bones have been replaced with a homemade Thai flavored sausage!
Although most of this is waiting, I recommend you start 4-6 hours before you want to serve the wings or even the night before. This is not required, but the taste will be better and the wings will be easier to handle for cooking.
Step 1: ingredients
12 large chicken wings
Marinade / brine
½ cup of water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp granulated sugar
6 skin on chicken thighs (about 3 pounds with bone and 2 ½ without)
½ cup of chopped coriander leaves and stems
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp lime leaf, finely chopped or zest of 2 limes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tbsp chopped garlic
2 tbsp chopped ginger
4 stalks of lemongrass, only tenderly part, finely chopped or zest of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
2 Thai or Serrano chilli, finely chopped
¾ cup of water
¼ cup of fish sauce
½ cup of sugar
1 cup of honey
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 limes, only juice
¼ cup of fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp shallots sliced
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Step 2: debone and marinate the wings
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The first step is to get your chicken wings boned. This may seem like a challenge, but like everything else, it's easier with practice. The more I have, the faster it went. The chicken skin is pretty sturdy, but you want to be careful not to tear it as the skin will act like the casing for our sausage. Don't worry if some of them tear as they are still usable, just a little harder to stuff. A few of me were torn before I even took them out of the box.
The flesh of the wing is connected to the bones by tendons, which at the end are only attached to the bones. Occasionally you will find some skin attached to the bone along the middle, but generally once you separate these tendons the flesh will slide back and forth from the bone.
Starting at the top with the drumette with the tip of a small knife to cut around the bone to separate the meat. Our hands are the best tools we have, so don't be afraid to feel. As soon as I get the tendons I like to slip my knife under and cut away from me. This is safer and less risk of harm to the skin. Once the meat is loose, I like to press down on the meat to make it slide down the bones.
The next step is to remove the drumette bone. You may be able to do this just by twisting and pulling or you may need to use a knife. As you can see in the pictures I use a combination of loosening with the knife and pushing the meat down onto the bone, and then turning the bone or cutting it out.
After you finish with the drumette move the lower part of the grand piano and repeat the process. Remember, this part of the wings has two bones, but they come very easily. Once you remove them you will be left with the wing tip. I like to leave it attached. It's easier to keep stuff up because of the closed end, and it's more fun visually to keep the look of the grand piano. Incidentally, save the bones for later use. I freeze and use it for soup when I have enough.
As you complete this process and work your way down, most likely you will have turned the wing upside down. This is how you want it and if it doesn't happen of course go ahead and flip the wings inside out so that the skin is on the inside. You want this because you are going to marinate the wings and this will allow the meat to have better exposure to the marinade.
For the marinade / brine just wipe all the ingredients together until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour this mixture over the wings and mix to coat evenly. Cover the bowl and put this in the refrigerator while you work on the filling. This will add flavor and help the wings stay moist as the salt will eventually draw moisture into the meat.
Step 3: make the sausage
This sausage is so tasty that it can stand on its own, but when paired with the wing it is over the top!
If you're stuck for the time, or just want to make things easier, you can buy a ready-made raw sausage to use in place of this one. You will need about 2½ pounds for a dozen wings.
I do the chicken wings first so they have time to absorb the marinade while I prepare the sausage. I have bone chicken thighs with the skin on. Boneless would be fine, but I couldn't find any boneless thighs that still had skin on them. So I took the bones and added them to the soup pile when I boned the wings. That you have a certain amount of fat to make a moist sausage, at least 80% meat to 20% fat. You have a couple of options in using poultry meat as the main for your sausage. You can use lean meat and pork fat in the form of bacon for example. Or you can use the skin and fat that's already on your thigh. This meant one less thing for me to buy and I didn't want to introduce other flavors or protein. I let the chicken be the star! Proportional to the thigh with skin and fat is already perfect as is and if you handle it correctly the results will be fantastic!
One of the basic rules of sausage making is to keep the meat and fat very cold while grinding. When it gets too warm the fat starts to melt and smear into the meat. This can lead to a floury and raw sausage.
Take the thighs and cut them into 1-2 inch squares. Place the meat in a pan and put it in the freezer. You will also want to put your meat grinder parts in there as well. I don't know how to make a lot of sausage, but if I did I would get my own grinder. Because now, the grinder for my KitchenAid blender is working fine. I used the 3/8 "die. The attachment comes with two dies, this is the coarser of the two. I like the texture I use with the coarser die and for poultry I think this reduces the risk of overloading the meat and melting the fat as poultry fat tends to melt at a lower temperature than pork.
You want to leave the meat in the freezer until it is very cold and just starting to firm up a little, but is not frozen. This took me about an hour.
While you're waiting for the meat to freeze, you can prep the herbs and spices so they're ready to go.
Most of the ingredients should be easy to find in an Asian market. The kaffir leaves may not be as fresh to find, but they may have been frozen to find. They add that wonderful aromatic taste and aroma to the sausage. I am lucky to have my own tree! If you pick them up fresh choose the younger, more tender leaves. If you can't get them feel free to substitute with the zest of 2 limes as instructed in the ingredients list. Save these limes for later when you make the glaze.
The lemongrass should be easy to find, but could be replaced with the peel of two lemons, but it will be hard to match the taste. You only want the tender part of the stem so cut off the dark green parts and remove the tough outer layers. Chop the lemongrass as finely as possible, otherwise it will be difficult.
The remaining ingredients and their preparation is simply as noted in the list of ingredients.
I put the ingredients in a bowl ready big enough to hold the ground meat. Then when the meat is cold I feed it to the grinder right in this bowl.
Now you can add the fish sauce and cold water and mix everything just until you want to combine it well. You don't want to overwork the meat or you will risk the same mistakes as if the meat gets too warm by the grinder. I used to have my hands but I have to admit it was almost painfully cold! Feel free to use a spoon!
Now for the fun part, you get your first taste. Before you fill the wings you want to fry a small patty of sausage and season to taste. Usually I would make a smaller piece than the one in the photo, but the photographer / wife wanted to cook a bite to eat! Maybe you need some salt or want to add some more chili or garlic. Now is the time to season to suit your taste.
At this point, you can put the sausage in the refrigerator and finish with the next step, as much as 12 hours later. I like to fill the wings at this point and then let them rest as I will describe later.
Step 4: filling the wing
Now that the filling is ready and the wings are marinated, it's time to put the two together. Take the wings out of the refrigerator. You will first want them inside out of what they are doing now. It's time to get the meat on the inside and the skin on the outside back.
Now with the sausage filling it is pretty easy. I like to gently wrap my hand around the top of the opening in the wing and with my free hand just place sausage in the opening and push it down into the body of the wing. You want them to be pretty full, but not to burst. I like to leave a little sausage exposed on top. The meat will shrink when cooked like this; if the wings are padded they risk tearing and losing some juice. This is just a word of caution as it happened to me on a few and they were still delicious!
You will likely have some extra sausage depending on the size of your wings. You can freeze it and use it later or you can do what I did which is cook it like a burger. Delicious!
At this point you will want to cover the wings and leave them in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or even overnight. This will result in a couple of things. First, the flavors in the sausage will bloom, mature, and marry resulting in better tasting wings! The sausage will also firm up, which means a better structure and easier handling on the grill.
Step 5: grill the wings
If I made my choice of a wood fire or natural wood briquettes, my first choice would be for grilling the wings. I live in an apartment complex that doesn't allow this, so I have to use the on-site gas grills. They worked great, but the wood would add that extra layer of flavor.
Before you start, drizzle a little vegetable oil on both sides of the wings to keep them from sticking to the grill. Canola oil worked fine for me. You will want to grill these over a low to medium heat. If you can, use an indirect cooking method in which you push most of the coals to one side or for gas grills leave one side of the burners medium-hot and the other low.
The wings won't get crispy like they would in a deep fryer, but cooking them slower will allow the skin to do some of the fat and do to a better texture. Keeping the wings out over the cooler part of the fire will also help add flair ups dripping fat.
I cooked the wings for about 10 minutes per side for a total of 20 minutes. Don't be afraid to check them occasionally and move them around as needed for even cooking. You should feel firm to the touch when they are done. To be sure, you should check the internal temperature. It's about 165 ° F.
The goal is to have a nice brown color, with a little bit of char!
Just as a food safety reminder, make sure you use a clean pan for the cooked wings. You don't want to mix raw and cooked poultry! This is a no-no!
Step 6: creating the glaze
The wings are delicious as they are, but the icing adds a nice contrast to the flavorful sausage and makes them even better and more fun to eat!
When it's convenient, start the glaze when you're about 2/3 through the cooking process for the wings. It's easy. Add all of the ingredients in a pan large enough to hold the wings and bring to a boil. Be careful not to turn the heat on too high until the sugar is dissolved or it might burn. Once the mixture is simmering, you'll want to reduce the mixture until it's thick and shiny. This will take about 6-8 minutes, but don't worry if it takes longer. When you reach that sticky consistency, turn off the heat and put in the wing. Throw them to gently coat and you are almost to the finish line!
Step 7: it's time to eat!
Now is the best part! Getting there to try them! These wings fire from all cylinders ... salty, sweet, hot, sour and smoky. When I am feeding a group I like to keep the service simple and rustic. Place the wings on a weathered pan for everyone to grab from. A simple pinch of fresh coriander, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds are an optional finishing touch.
Now let's take a step further than promised.Wings are not just finger food !! They can also be a nice template for a nice dinner with family and friends. Your guests will be amazed to see how to raise the humble chicken wings on a fork and knife dinner every fine dining restaurant deserves! Total cost is only around € 20 for the main ingredient, and that's enough to feed 4-6 people !!
I like to serve them on their own or have a rich menu with simple sides like rice and a cold cucumber salad. When you have all the leftovers, try slicing them up like a sausage and making some fried rice!
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