Have you ever had those moments where you wake up with a song in your head and it plays all day long? Such songs have you forgetting everything because they are all that is occupying your mind. I was trying to remember where I got inspiration for this but I couldn’t, why you ask? Because boomba train by E-sir and Nameless has not stopped playing in my head since I got up.
“Tumekuja kuparty. DJ hebu weka tracki. Tukule hepi, alafu, tufungue sakafu. Sababu inabamba. Inashika! Wingu la tisa inatufikisha. Ukiwachilia mahewa, maze DJ unatubeba ah……”
I hope you were dancing as you sang along to those lyrics :D! If you do not know this song, you are too young my friend! Isn’t it amazing how we can remember songs from over a decade ago but can’t remember inspiration of a dish you made less than a month ago?! Anyway, as we indulge in the celebratory spirit of Friday, savor my brandy marinated grilled chicken wings.
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES MAKES:7
For the marinade.
3 oranges, juiced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 sprig of rosemary
1/4 cup of brandy
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1/2 a tablespoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 a tablespoon of coriander powder
Put all the ingredients of the marinade in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once it has slightly reduced/thickened, take from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. This will take about 10 minutes. Then pour this over the wings and allow this to marinate overnight. The longer you marinate, the stronger the flavors.
In the event you have extra marinade left after pouring some over , keep it. Use it for making a sauce which you will pour over the wings. All you will need to do is to cook it longer, on low heat for 10-20 minutes until it thickens and pour this over your wings. I discarded mine and realized I could make the tastiest sauce out of it later. Bummer!
After the marination time is over, drain the excess liquid from the bowl and season the wings with the turmeric, coriander powder and black pepper and proceed to grill them. If you please, you can boil them first a little before grilling to hasten the cooking process. Also of you do not have a grill, you can place them in your oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes.
Besides grilling in the oven or over a grill pan, you can also choma on an outdoor grill. You can check out some selections from Globo Surf on their 10 best rated outdoor grills. Globo Surf have also – in the article- shared amazing tips on how to choose a fab grill so make sure you read up!
The grill I use is one my mum bought ages ago (from I don’t know where) but still serves us well. You can find such grill pans from rupu. It may seem abit more on the expensive side but you will have this for life. It is a worthy investment.
Once they are done, garnish with the coriander and dig in. If you were fortunate enough to make the brandy sauce from the remaining marinade, drizzle some over your wings and get carried away to taste heaven. Chicken wings taste great. Now with brandy, it tastes even better. this is how Friday looks like. It adds a ton of flavor and goes so well with the orange flavor.
In case you are wondering, you cannot get drunk when you eat food cooked with alcohol. Alcohol is used simply for flavor purposes. So if someone acts drunk after eating my brandy marinated wings, slap them and tell them to stop pretending. Other dishes where I have explored different drinks in my food include my beer beef stew and red wine pasta.
Cheers to timeless songs, great food and to Friday!
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