I am a loyal follower, maybe even a stalker, of Paula Deen. Yes her “you..all” gets on my nerves but this woman can cook! I have tried many of her recipes, even embellished on a few, and have found few failures with any of them. A few weeks ago I was watching one of her shows in which her guest for the day was Kathy Griffin. Oh yeah, big mouth, vulgar Kathy Griffin! I love her! One of her appetizers peaked my interest and just happened to be another favorite for our table …. chicken wings. Here is the recipe which I know you will also find to be a new favorite of your own.
- 1 dozen chicken wings-tips removed and wing cut in half
- 6-8 oz jar of hot pepper jelly (I make my own hot pepper jelly so if you are purchasing it from the grocery look for one that is light in color with pieces of red pepper in it)
- 1 cup butter
- 3-4 tbsp of honey
- Since these are deep fried you will need enough oil to cover 4-5 inches in a heavy pan. I use Peanut Oil when deep frying chicken.
Directions: In a heavy pan with 3-4 inches of Peanut Oil, bring oil up to 350-365 degrees. Carefully drop the wings – preferably in two batches. Use a thermometer to monitor your oil temp. There will be a drop initially due to the temperature of the chicken, but it will come back as it heats. Allow to cook until lightly brown, 8-12 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, melt butter. Add pepper jelly and honey and cook to a bubbly stage. When wings are done, use a slotted spoon to remove from the oil. Transfer to a large bowl and season lightly with a seasoning salt. Transfer to jelly mixture and toss to fully coat. Cook for 5 minutes, continuing to fold into the jelly mixture and caramelize a little. Serve hot and enjoy the great flavors.