I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a very relaxing one, culminating in a laid-back Father’s Day dinner at home. It was exactly what we needed after a string of busy (fun, but hectic) weekends. Last week, I searched for a good entree to make for Father’s Day dinner. It had to be something that Johnny would enjoy, but also that the kids would accept (so no spicy foods, for instance), and it had to be something that wouldn’t take much babysitting so that I could enjoy the afternoon with the family rather than be tied to the stove. After some deliberation, I decided on this sticky honey garlic wings recipe.
I’m so glad I made this — it was a hit with Johnny and the boys. The total hands-on time was pretty minimal after I split the wings into sections (and if you buy pre-split wings, you don’t even have to do that). The wings were, as the name suggests, a little sweet, packed a great garlic flavor, and had a satisfying stickiness of them. Yum! I served them with sweet potato fries and broccoli, with Oreo monkey bars (that’ll be my next entry) for dessert. These would also be a great party appetizer.
- 24 chicken wings, split into sections (wing and drumette), tips discarded (you can easily do this with a pair of sharp kitchen shears)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root (I omitted this)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup water
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil, then spread the wing sections in a single layer on the foil.
Bake the wings until they’re a little browned on the outside, about 35 to 45 minutes. While the wings are baking, combine the sugar, minced garlic, ginger, 2.5 cups of water, honey and soy sauce in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium-heat. Combine the cornstarch with 3/4 cup water, then pour the mixture into the saucepan with the soy sauce/sugar mixture, whisking constantly. Lower the heat and simmer until sauce has thickened.
When the wings are done baking, transfer them to a baking dish. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat the wings evenly. Place the baking dish back into the oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven, transfer the wings to a serving platter, then drizzle with some of the sauce from the baking dish before serving.