I like Gordon Ramsay. In fact, our whole family likes him! We’ve been watching him on TV long before he ever came stateside. What is it we like about him other than that he makes fabulous food? I am not sure. He’s loud and brash! Well, to be precise, he’s loud and brash with people who call themselves “Chefs” who try to sell their gruel to the unsuspecting public. In his TV Series Kitchen Nightmares, Chef Ramsay, on behalf of all people who have ever had a bad meal in a restaurant, yells at the Chef and yells again until they get it right! While the yelling might not be so pleasant, Chef redeems himself by being the Mother Theresa of the kitchen and by the time he leaves he has not only made them a better Chef but usually a better person too! A British pal of mine turned me on to the BBC version of Kitchen Nightmares years ago. One of the things I liked most about the British version of Kitchen Nightmares was Chef Ramsay performed more demos on how to prepare the dishes than he does on the U.S version.
I have followed Ramsay on Twitter forever, or at least 3 years. In the beginning he used to tweet a lot of recipes, but not so much any more. Once he tweeted a recipe for Orange and Ginger Caramelized Chicken Wings from one of his cookbooks [affiliate link] and I was instantly curious!
Best Chicken Wings Ever
Orange Ginger Chicken Wings
Yield: Serves 4
4 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
6 shallots, diced
4 garlic cloves sliced
2 stalks lemon grass peeled and bashed
2 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and sliced
Zest and juice of two oranges
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 pounds chicken wings
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat pan, add oil and cook the shallots, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and orange zest. Cook for about 4 minutes until veggies starting to soften. Note - the lemongrass won't really get soft but you will start to smell it's wonderful aroma! Then add the sugar, water, oj and fish sauce and stir. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened up to the texture of syrup. Remove from heat.
Next heat oil in a large frying pan. Season the chicken with salt and pepper than fry in batches until golden brown. Remember, don't crowd the pan or you won't get a nice sear. Next put the chicken in a baking pan and cover with the sauce. Bake for about 45 minutes. Be sure to baste the chicken with the sauce a couple of times during the cooking process. I also like to turn the chicken over during the cooking process. Before serving season the chicken with salt and pepper.
Barely adapted. See the original recipe Gordon Tweeted here.