Lemongrass Grilled Chicken Wings with Rice Noodles
Total: 40 min
Active: 40 min
Grilling chicken wings over a two-zone fire like you'll do for this recipe is not only easier (hands- and flare up-free cooking over indirect heat), it lets the chicken cook through thoroughly and the skin render more slowly and evenly. Quickly cooking your chicken over direct heat to finish the dish off also crisps up the skin nicely and caramelizes the lightly sweet glaze with more control, since the chicken wings are almost totally cooked already.
Preheat a grill to medium high and prepare for indirect grilling. On a charcoal grill, bank the coals to one side; on a gas grill, turn off half the burners. Combine the lemongrass, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, the brown sugar, 1 tablespoon each sesame oil, lime juice and water and a pinch each of salt and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Pour into a heatproof bowl; stir in 1 more tablespoon lime juice.
Toss the wings in a separate bowl with 3 tablespoons of the sauce and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Place on the cooler side of the grill (indirect heat), cover and cook, turning once, until cooked through but not browned, 15 to 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook and cool the noodles as the label directs. Cut the cucumber into matchsticks. Toss in a colander with a pinch of salt; squeeze to remove the excess liquid. Add to the noodles along with the chile, herbs and remaining 3 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons fish sauce and 2 teaspoons lime juice; season with salt and pepper and toss, adding more lime juice to taste.
Move the wings to direct heat; cook, turning and brushing with some of the remaining sauce, until crisp, 10 more minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toss with the remaining sauce. Serve with the noodles.
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