Saturday, April 30, 2011

Vegetarian Chile Chicken Wings with Tzatziki Recipe

Day 120.

Mmm....chicken wings. I love buffalo wings, well, the meatless kind. And these chile chicken wings just sound excellent. The creamy cucumber dip sounded so much like tzatziki I just converted the recipe to a simple tzatziki sauce. Yum.

Chile Chicken Wings with Tzatziki
Adapted from Chile Chicken Wings with Creamy Cucumbers.
For the Chile Chicken Wings:
    1/2 C buffalo wing sauce
    2 tsp. sriracha sauce
    2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste) or peanut butter
    1 tsp. rice vinegar
    1 tsp. soy sauce
    1 tsp. chopped garlic
    1 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
    2 C vegan "chicken" strips or pieces
    Canola oil, for deep-frying
    Cilantro leaves
    Sliced scallion
For the Creamy Cucumbers:
    1 English (hothouse) cucumber
    1 Tbsp. kosher salt
    1/2 C Greek yogurt
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 tsp.dill
    Juice of 1 lemon
    1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

      To make the Chile Chicken Wings: Combine the sriracha, buffalo wing sauce, tahini, vinegar, soy, garlic, and ginger in a blender and process on high speed for 10 seconds. Set the chile sauce aside until ready to use or refrigerate for up to 1 week. Use about 1/2 of sauce to coat wings.

Heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F in a countertop electric fryer or deep pot.

Carefully add the wings to the hot oil and fry in batches until they are crispy, 5-7 minutes. Transfer the wings to a large bowl. Add enough of the remaining chile sauce to coat and toss well.

To serve, arrange the wings on a platter and garnish with cilantro and scallion. Serve immediately with the creamy cucumbers and the remaining chile sauce on the side for dipping.

Dice cucumber. Put the cucumber in a medium stainless steel or glass bowl; add the salt and mix thoroughly to combine. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the yogurt, garlic, dill, and lemon juice. Toss to combine; season with the pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use or for up to 2 days.

The Results
So, I can't really read directions. And also I didn't have all the original ingredients, so I ended up making a lot of originally unintended changes to these wings. But they were freaking fantastic. I'm pretty sure I could eat a bowl of that chile peanut butter sauce, followed up by a bowl of the tzatziki. And I used gardein "wings" for the chicken and they were awesome also. They fried up really well. I completely did this recipe. I'll have to remember these for Father's Day. These would be a great lounge around and watch a game on TV kind of meal.

This post is shared with What's for Lunch Wednesday and Muffin Tin Monday.

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