Sunday, February 3, 2013

Superbowl {Downton?} Sunday Sesame Maple Chicken Wings

On Friday morning, while listening to NPR on the way to Mt. Snow for our weekly skiing lessons, I learned not only that the Superbowl would be this weekend, but also who was playing.  Needless to say, I don't have a lot of natural excitement for the occasion.  I was hoping NPR was going to interview the cast of Downton Abbey again regarding the sad and sudden plot twist of last Sunday night, and my only thoughts about today were in preparation for my Sunday School class, and tuning in to PBS at 9pm this evening for the much anticipated DA episode. However, some people in my family do care about football, and I don't mind providing the appropriate food to go along with it.  My boys will be headed to a Young Life party tonight to watch the game with friends, and I'll be sending along these wings, so that they will have a GF variety to enjoy.

Not being a huge fan of chicken wings either, I will probably be sitting in my room with a cup of tea while watching Tom's response to tragedy, the recently developed marital strife between Lord and Lady Grantham, the jealous, bitter, romantic angst of Daisy, and the suspenseful fate of Anna and John Bates.

A more sophisticated Superbowl, I suppose.

{Sorry, Kory. This pic is two years old, but the best one I have of the wings!}

But I HAVE tasted these wings, and they are quite delicious ~ everyone here agrees, as you can see!
Sesame Maple Chicken Wings

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup GF soy sauce
3 Tbsp sesame oil (a bit expensive, but worth it!)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh ginger root
1 Tbsp tandoori paste (this one had lots of ground garlic and chili peppers - in the Indian Food section)
3 garlic cloves
4 lbs chicken wings (we left the skin on)
2 Tbsp sesame seeds

Place first 6 ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place chicken in a plastic zip-lock type bag (or a baking dish) and pour marinade over chicken pieces. Seal or cover and let marinate for 2 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and arrange in a baking dish or on a cookie/jellyroll sheet. Bake chicken for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Bring remaining marinade to a boil for one minute. Brush chicken pieces with marinade and turn, cooking 10 more minutes. Turn and baste again, and cook another 10 minutes. Baste again and then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake 8-10 minutes more until sesame seeds are beginning to be a golden color.

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