If you’re anything like me and some of the friends I’ve been talking to, your table manners will have gone to sh1t lately. After all, we’ve all been eating at home alone, or with close and hopefully tolerant family and friends. So, why not eat sticky, spicy chicken wings with your fingers and make a real mess?
12 buffalo wings
3 crushed garlic cloves
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp mixed paprika and smoked paprika
1 tbsp Henderson’s Yorkshire Relish (or Worcestershire sauce if you must)
1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 or 3 tbsp hot sauce (depending on your tolerance of hot sauce..) I used Baron Blazing Hot Sauce.
2 tbsp maple syrup (you can use honey, but for me the slight smokiness of maple syrup gives a more interesting flavour and stands up better to the hot sauce)
Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the buffalo wings and mix it all around so that the wings are coated in sauce.
Leave to marinate for a few hours.
Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/Gas mark 4
Put a little olive oil in a large roasting tray, warm it up in the oven.
Lift the wings out of the marinade sauce (keep the sauce) and place them in the hot oil
Cook for 30 minutes
Turn up the oven to 200ºC/ Gas mark 6, add back the remaining sauce, turn the wings over so that they’re fully coated, and cook for another 20 minutes.
Let them cool a little, and then eat them as messily as you like.