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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spiced Fig and Garlic Chicken Wings

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Whether you're enjoying them outside the stadium, plucking them one by one from a huge foil pan, or getting messy inside during the game, wings are one of those ubiquitous game day foods. Some like them spicy (hand raised), some like them sweet (okay, I'll raise a hand here, too), some like them bathed in garlic (both hands and both feet raised), but you're hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't enjoy a good chicken wing. Vegetarians—sssshhhhh. You can have cauliflower "wings" instead; I won't deny you.

So, since today is the official start of the #10DaysofTailgate, what better thing to share than a finger-lickin' batch of wings? These particular wings are simple. Beyond simple. With only three other ingredients (one of which is optional), I should probably say embarrassingly simple. But hey, they're too good not to share. Plus, they feature one of our awesome #10DaysofTailgate sponsors, Not Ketchup!

Spiced Fig = Instantly Smitten. This fruit ketchup is slightly tangy and slightly sweet, and my bottle is entirely empty. I rinsed it out and put it back on the shelf, but as of yet, it's not automatically regenerating. And for some reason, I couldn't get the idea of combining it with garlic and slathering on wings out of my head. So, that was exactly what I did.

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They were a hit. A smash hit. A platinum hit. I didn't add any heat, but you surely could—successfully. So, I found it entirely amusing that my eats-everything-with-a-chile husband polished off basically the whole batch of these by himself while watching his game last week. WithOUT a chile in hand. I didn't say a word.

So, how 'bout you? What's your favorite wing sauce? Feel free to leave me links; I have a whole pinterest board of them, and when the craving strikes, we eat them non-stop for long periods of time. I'm always looking for more to add to it!

Follow Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez's board WINGS! All wings, all the time. on Pinterest.

Spiced Fig and Garlic Chicken Wings
You won't be able to eat just one of these finger-lickin' good chicken wings smothered in a sweet fig and garlic sauce.
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Spiced Fig and Garlic Chicken Wings
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes (+ 6 hours unattended)
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake appetizer entree dairy-free nut-free chicken garlic figs game day tailgating fall

Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 2-1/4 pounds chicken wings (or drummies)
for the marinade and sauce:
If you're starting with whole wings, cut the tips off of the wings. I always put them in a freezer bag (and then the freezer) to add to an upcoming batch of chicken stock.

Snip the wings in half to make "wings and drummies". Place in a large container with a lid or a gallon-sized zippered baggie.

Add the Not Ketchup and garlic to the bag and squish around to coat the chicken (or toss if in container). Cover or seal and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil, and then spray with nonstick spray.

Lift the wings out of the marinade, letting any extra fall back into the container. Set on prepared baking sheets, leaving space between. Slide into preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes.

In the meantime, scrape the marinade into a small pot and add 2 tablespoons of chicken stock (or water). Bring to a boil, then reduce to a very gentle simmer for 5 minutes, or until it has thickened back up. Remove from heat.

After 25 minutes, quickly brush a coat of sauce onto the wings (turn them, too) and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until cooked through and golden in spots (use an instant read thermometer like my ThermoPop if you're not sure; they should register 165° F away from the bone).
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If you like your wings extra messy, transfer them to a bowl and pour the remaining sauce over the wings; toss to coat.
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#10DaysofTailgate 2014
This post is part of #10DaysofTailgate. As part of this ten day event, we will be giving away all sorts of prizes—14 to be exact! To see what we're giving away and enter to win one of the amazing prizes, click on over to my #10DaysofTailgate Kick-off (aka The Program) announcement. You will also see a list of participating bloggers and our awesome sponsors.

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