Friday, April 24, 2015

Diva Eats: South African Piri Piri Chicken Wings Recipe


Hubby and I have been on this South African foodie binge lately.  First, we went to Springbok. Then a couple months later we dined at Peli Peli.  Before visiting these two restaurants we had never tried this type of cuisine before.  Let me just say South African food is the bomb!  The food is full of flavor, spices, and seasoning that jumps out at you!  I was inspired by the flavors and wanted to recreate something similar at home.  We usually have grilled BBQ wings at least once a week, so I decided to do a South African twist on the typical chicken wings.

|what you will need|
{for wing marinade}
+ 10-12 chicken wings (about 2.5 pounds)
+ juice of 2 lemons
+ 3" piece of ginger (roughly chopped)
+ 1 bunch of green onions (sliced)
+ 1/2 cup hot sauce of your choice (I used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
+ 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
+ 6 cloves of garlic (minced)
+ 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped)
+ 1 jalapeno pepper (sliced)
+ 2 teaspoon salt
+ 1 teaspoon black pepper
{for wing sauce}
+ 4 tablespoon of butter
+ 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
+ 1/3 cup cilantro (chopped- reserve about 2 tablespoons to sprinkle on the finished wings)
+ 3 tablespoon hot sauce
+ juice of 1 lemon
|how to|
{1} To make to wing marinade, mix the hot sauce, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, vegetable oil, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, green onion, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. 
{2} Place the chicken wings in a large bowl and pour the marinade over the chicken wings. Mix well. Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap and marinate for a least 2 hours preferably overnight.  Try to mix the wings in the marinade every few hours. 
{3} Heat your grill to medium high.  Place your chicken wings on the grill and grill the wings about 8-10 minutes per side.  Continue to baste the wings with the marinade while the wings are grilling.
{4} While the chicken is on the grill, make the wing sauce.  Put the butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Once the butter is melted, put the garlic, cilantro, hot sauce, and lemon juice in the sauce pan.  Reduce heat to medium low and let the flavors mingle together for about 5 minutes. 
{5} Once the wings are grilled, drizzle the wing sauce over the grilled wings.  Finish the wings, by topping them with fresh cilantro.