How many times it happens to you that you want to dish out a recipe and you run out of a specific ingredient in your pantry, most of the times ??, never or sometimes ?? Well, I am not in a habit of keeping a well-stuffed pantry because many a times it happens that the un-opened bottle of sauce got expired (specially those which has very short shelf life) and it heads straight to the bin !
Waste !!! Waste !!! and more Waste !!!
Now I have a 3lb of chicken wings in my freezer (already thawed) but I could not found a good condiment to go with it and this struck me late at night around 9 pm when most of the neighbourhood grocery shop closed down for the day !! Lesson learnt you must have a barbecue sauce in your pantry !!!
And as they say necessity is the mother of all invention ( I know it sounds too exaggerating !! ) , here originates my quick fix barbecue sauce. Now, there are several versions of barbecue sauces in the market, depending upon the regions, but few things stay common in them and that is the element of sweetness, tangyness and the heat. Now, you play with these elements to suit your palate, to get a close approximation of your favourite barbeque sauce.
And all you need is a ketchup and soy sauce and I guess these two condiments tops the list of essential sauces in every pantry. So a bit of soy sauce (more if you prefers a thin sauce), if it is already has some flavour then too good, some tomato ketchup, sweetness you can adjust with the honey, and black pepper and cayenne will bring out the heat in the sauce. A dash of lemon to zest it further and wait ! most of the barbecue sauce has meat drippings too, well for that soak a piece of chicken in the sauce before simmering it on low flame.
This may not be a close approximation of your favourite barbecue sauce but you wont be complaining as this will turn out to be a finger licking spicy chicken wings ! Prepare a bed of lettuce and place the fried / grilled / chicken wings on it, add the quick fix barbecue sauce towards the end of fried chicken wings and if you have some dips / dressings pour over it, like I did with ranch dressing (yes, I sometimes have some odd and uncommon things in my pantry), this will bring out a nice imitation of buffalo wings.
Buffalo (a place in NY state) is famous for its chicken wings, while people of Buffalo eats chicken wings and for the rest of US, it is Buffalo wings, sometimes names can be so overpowering that it becomes almost synonymous with the dish or recipe itself. Enjoy !
Chicken wings : 1 lb
Tomato ketchup : 1/2 cup
Soy sauce (mine was chilli flavoured) : 1 cup
Garlic powder / paste : 2-3 tsp
Cayenne powder : 1/2 tbsp (adjust the heat as per your choice)
Black pepper powder : 1 tsp
Salt not required as soy sauces are usually little higher on salt
Honey : 1/4 cup
Lemon juice : 1 tbsp (depends upon how much tangy you wants)
Oil for shallow frying
Instruction / method:
Cut the chicken wings into half so that it can sit flat on the pan, but this is optional, if you have a large pan then this is not required. Sprinkle some salt over it and shallow fry it in hot oil.
For quick fix barbecue sauce : combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl (except chicken off course) and blend well, let it stand for an hour, this will incorporates the flavour well.
Now in a separate pan, grease it slightly with oil and add the sauce, simmer on low flame for 5 minutes.
Pour the hot sauce over the crispy fried chicken wings towards the end, coat the chicken wings well with the sauce and let it fry for couple of minutes on low flame.
Serve the hot chicken wings on a bed of lettuce and other veggies, drizzle some ranch dressing over it (optional) and enjoy the finger licking chicken wings.
Enjoy the day
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