Strawberry BBQ Chicken Wings

Yes, you read that right. No it’s not a typo.

While I know that most BBQ lovers are going to despise me for doing this, I have to say that it tastes quite nice. You’d think from the name that the sauce is sweet and very dessert-like. But its really not. The strawberries help make the sauce a little tangy, and some chilli powder gives it a good punch. Both flavours compliment each other really well, making it a very interesting plate of wings.

I originally got the idea from Epicurious, but I have tweaked it here and then, especially in the methodology.

For the sauce:

  • Garlic, chopped
  • Chilli paste, I used Malaysian Sambal
  • Strawberries, chopped
  • Some vinegar

For the wings:

  • Strawberry BBQ sauce
  • Chicken Wings
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Start with the sauce obviously.

In a pan saute some garlic in olive oil until lightly brown.

Next, add some chilli paste. In my case, I used some Malaysian sambal blecang. Sambal blecang is made of dried chillies and prawn paste ground together to create this divine condiment eaten with most Malaysian foods. Aside from these two ingredients, there are a host of other ingredients that help give it this amazing flavour. When using it to cook, I tend to cook the sambal a little bit, before adding the next ingredient.

Which is exactly what I did. Once cooked, add the chopped strawberries and give the pot a good stir. I added in a teensy bit of vinegar to help bring out the flavour of the strawberries as well as a little bit of salt so that the strawberries begin softening.

After a couple of minutes add in a little bit of water and stir some more.

Depending on what you want the consistency of the sauce to be, add water and then leave the sauce to cook for about 25-30 minutes.

Once done take it off the heat and leave to cool.

Moving onto the wings, place them in a baking pan and coat in some olive oil.

Add a little bit of the BBQ sauce to the pan and toss the wings in it.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through.

Once cooked, I tossed the wings in a pan with some of the BBQ sauce that I thinned out with a little bit of water. A lot of the flavour of the sauce was lost while cooking in the oven and this helps bring that back.

I garnished the wings with some sliced red chillies and served warm.

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