Kicked Up Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

Total Time:
37 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
16 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, tips removed and cut in half at joint, rinsed and wiped dry
  • 1/2 cup red hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
  • Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces blue cheese
  • 1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Directions

In a large shallow, non-reactive bowl combine the chicken, hot sauce, pepper, and salt, and toss well to combine. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap, refrigerate, and let marinate, for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 hours.

In a heavy pot, heat the oil to 360 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and 2 tablespoons Essence. Remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the flour 1 at a time, tossing to coat evenly.

Add the chicken in 2 batches to the hot oil and cook, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides and cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the chicken wings from the fryer with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Sprinkle with the remaining Essence and serve immediately with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

Yield: about 2/3 cup

Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:

Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour into a decorative bowl.


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