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Vadouvan Chicken Wings

Created by Chef Michael Voltaggio, these chicken wings are cooked on a backyard grill in our specially designed steel grill wide chef’s pan, which makes it easy to toss and stir the wings, without losing them to the fire. They’re seasoned with vadouvan curry powder, among the most delicate curries in Indian cooking, and finished with a ginger-lime glaze. Serve Heirloom Potato Salad alongside (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup honey 
  • 3/4  oz. grated fresh ginger 
  • Zest of 6 limes 
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 
  • 3 lb. chicken wings, tips removed 
  • 2 Tbs. vegetable oil 
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt 
  • 6 Tbs. vadouvan curry powder 
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

Directions:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the honey until syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the ginger. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add the lime zest and lime juice and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain the glaze into a bowl.

Rinse the chicken wings with cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a large bowl, add the oil and stir to coat evenly. In a small bowl, stir together the salt and vadouvan curry powder. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the chicken wings and stir to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

When the chicken has 20 minutes left to marinate, prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill. Place a steel grill wide chef’s pan on the grill to preheat.

Arrange the chicken wings in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover the grill and cook, turning the wings over and rearranging them in the pan every 5 minutes to ensure they cook evenly, until they are well browned and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. When the wings are done, drizzle on the glaze in 3 additions, tossing the wings after each addition. Transfer the wings to a large bowl, toss with the cilantro and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

Recipe by Chef Michael Voltaggio.