One of Eric and I’s (is that correct grammer? should it be Eric and mine or mine and Eric’s) favorite easy go to dinners is chicken wings. I say ‘easy’ because even though the prep and cook time is very minimal the clean up can be quite the chore (oil clean up duty is not fun at all, I guess that is why Eric gets the responsibility for that one!).
Also, with any fried food it is not the healthiest option or rout. AND since Eric and I BOTH are now starting to eat healthy (I am so happy that Eric wants to eat healthy too, it will make it easier on me!) traditional wings are not always best the heart or hips.
So, imagine how happy I was to try these chicken wings from this month’s cookbook. These wings are broiled, not fried and have a fairly healthy sauce on them and to dip them in. With these wings I get to eat wings that are healthy and not a huge mess to clean up and still fairly easy to prepare and very tasty. So in my book these wings are great! Plus the dipping sauce is basically just guacamole… one of my favorite things in the world, which paired perfectly with the jalapeños, lime juice and honey in the sauce! I will defiantly use this recipe to spice up our monthly wing nights!
The only modifications I did was to the avacado dipping sauce; in which I just made my own (well actaully Eric made it).
Lime Marinated Chicken Wings with Avocado Dip
adapted from The Dean Bros. Cookbook: Recipes From The Road
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup vegetables oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1 pounds chicken wings, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 lime, zested
Avocado Dip, recipe follows
In a blender, puree until smooth the jalapeno pepper, garlic, vegetable oil, tomato paste, salt, honey and lime juice. Pour marinade over the chicken. Add the lime zest and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (oh I guess I forgot this part too, because I only marinated mine for like 5 minutes).
Preheat boiler to medium heat.
Arrange chicken on a baking sheet lined with foil (CRUCIAL- don’t forget to do this or you will be scrubbing your baking sheet for days… I learned this the hard way). Broil chicken at least 6 inches from the heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side; or until chicken is crispy on the outside and cooked through. Serve with Avocado Dip.
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 roma tomato, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Pit and peel avocado. Place avocado in a medium bowl; mash. Fold in 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves; lime juice, garlic tomato, salt; and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.