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Sesame Chicken Wings

Sesame Chicken Wings
Instead of whole wings, whose bony tips burn easily in a hot oven and which are hard to handle for stand-up eating, this recipe uses the largest, meatiest sections of the wings. The marinade, a mild yet complex mix of Asian flavors, is also good on baby back ribs or chicken breasts or legs.

Ingredients:

  • 6 to 8 chicken wings, about 1 3/4 lb. total
  • 2 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. garlic
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs. sesame seeds

Directions:

Cut the wing tips from the wings. Reserve for another use (such as making stock) or discard. Cut through the joint between the remaining sections to separate each wing into 2 pieces.

In a shallow, nonreactive dish, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and ginger. Add the chicken pieces to the dish, turn to coat, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Preheat an oven to 500°F.

Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and discard the marinade. Sprinkle the chicken on all sides with the sesame seeds. Arrange the pieces in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roast the chicken pieces, turning once, until crispy and browned on the outside and opaque throughout when tested with a knife, 10 to 14 minutes total.

Transfer the chicken to a platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Roasting, by Rick Rodgers, Melanie Barnard & Bob & Colleen Simmons (Oxmoor House, 2004).