Spicy Chinese Five-Spice-Rubbed Chicken Wings with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce
- 40 chicken wing pieces or 20 whole chicken wings
- 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
If you have whole chicken wings, cut off wingtips and cut the wings in half at the joint. Discard wingtips or freeze to make stock.
Place the wings in a large bowl. Sprinkle five-spice powder and cayenne on the wings; add generous pinches of salt and about 15 grinds of black pepper. Rub the mixture into all the wings until no more loose rub remains.
Line the wing pieces up on a baking sheet so the side of the wing that has the most skin is facing up. Roast until cooked through, browned and crispy, about 25 minutes. Serve hot with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce.Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine ingredients in mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients to incorporate them fully and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Yield: about 1 cup
Recipe courtesy of Dave Lieberman from Food Network Favorites: Recipes from Our All-Star Chefs, Meredith Books, 2005