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Sweet N' Heat Chicken Wings

Updated: Feb 19, 2022

As a west African child, I grew up with listening to my parent’s stories of how they only ate chicken once a year, during Christmas, as a special feast. It was for this reason that chicken became a staple in our household, however, the chicken I grew up on was fowl, also known as strong chicken. It wasn’t until we were a little older that my mom began preparing soft chicken recipes such as peanut butter chicken and baked barbeque chicken. Every time she made one of her famous chicken dishes, not a single bone remained uncleaned.


I remember the first time I had chicken wings as a child at a family barbeque. One bite was all it took to captivate my heart. As the years have gone on, I have grown to love every type of chicken wing. They are legitimately an international love language! Whether grilled, fried, cooked in a stew, where there are wings, the people will gather! Neatta’s Sweet n’ Heat was created with the wing in mind, in 2020 while creating a meal for my family. Since then, Sweet N’ Heat wings have become a family gathering staple, especially when served with love.






Grocery List

8 whole chicken wings (or 16 drums & flats)

Lemon juice & vinegar to clean chicken

1 tbs Onion powder

1 tbs Chicken bouillon

1 tsp Cayenne pepper

1 tsp Smoked paprika

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tbs Garlic powder

1 packet Sazon con Culantro Y Achiote (Optional)

1 dash Sea salt

48 oz Vegetable oil

1 tbs Olive oil (Optional)

16 oz Neatta’s Sweet n’ Heat BBQ Sauce


Recipe


Preparation

• Remove chicken wings from package.

• If using whole chicken wings, use a butcher knife to cut off the wing tip and

separate the drum from the flat.

• Rinse chicken in a bowl with water and 1 tbs lemon juice and 1 tbs vinegar. Rinse

well until the grittiness of the chicken is removed.

• Using a colander, strain chicken, then pat dry using a dry paper towel.

• In a mixing bowl add:

o 1 tbs onion powder

o 1 tbs chicken bouillon

o 1 tsp cayenne pepper

o 1 tsp smoked paprika

o 1 tsp black pepper

o 1 tbs garlic powder

o 1 dash of sea salt

o 1 packet sazón con cilantro y achiote

o 1 tbs vegetable oíl

• Mix well until ingredients are evenly distributed, then allow to marinate for 5-10

minutes.

• Place large black iron cast skillet or medium dutch oven pot on medium high heat

stove.

• Add vegetable oil until oil is about 3/4 inch from the rim (skillet) or 2 inches from

the rim if using a dutch oven.

• Allow oil to heat up for about 10 - 15 minutes or until 325 degrees F


Frying

• Place wings into the pan (8 pieces at a time).

• Fry well on each side for 10 minutes (15 minutes per side for crispier wings)

• Remove wings from the pan after 20 – 30 minutes once golden brown.

• Place cooked wings on a wire rack, allowing oil to strain into a drip pan.

• Repeat with the remaining wings.


Where the Magic Happens

• Once all wings are prepared and strained, place in mixing bowl and pour desired

amount of Neatta’s Sweet n’ Heat BBQ sauce on the wings, then mix well.

• Place wings on a platter and garnish with herb of choice.

• Serve with love!



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