Guess what? I got another cookbook in the mail to review!
This one is called Easy Gourmet by Stephanie Le from 'i am a food blog'.
The name Easy Gourmet is perfect because it is just chock full of recipes that look like they should be hard, but just aren't!
On Friday, I tested out her recipe for chicken wings in honey & sriracha and they were perfect. They were a little spicy and sweet at the same time. They got that beautiful crispy outer coating that I always look for in a chicken wing. My only regret in making them was that I didn't make more. Here's the recipe:
Chicken wings in honey & sriracha
- 1 Tbsp oil (I used avocado oil)
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4-1/2 cup sriracha (adjust according to spice tolerance)
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs chicken wings
- oil as needed
In a large bowl, mix together the first 7 ingredients. Add the chicken wings and mix well. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour. Remove the wings from the marinade, reserving the marinade.
If you're cooking indoors, heat a bit of oil in a large nonstick pan over medium to medium-high heat. Add the chicken wings, cover and cook, flipping every so often until cooked through, about 12-15 minutes. Remove the lid, add the remaining marinade and turn the heat up to high to reduce the sauce. Enjoy immediately.
If you're cooking outdoors, when ready to cook, set the grill at medium to medium-high heat. Brush the grill with oil and grill the chicken wings brushing with the remaining marinade and turning every so often until charred and cooked through, about 14-18 minutes.
Some notes on the recipe:
- I didn't have sesame oil, rice vinegar or (forgive me) sriracha. So instead, I used more avocado oil, apple cider vinegar and Frank's hot sauce. The recipe worked perfectly.
- I knew I wouldn't have time to make the marinade and soak the wings in the afternoon, so I did it in the morning and let them soak all day.
- If you are planning on grilling your wings, I would suggest making a double batch of the marinade and reserving it separately to use for basting. You don't want to use the same marinade that the raw chicken was sitting in as it could introduce bacteria to your cooked chicken.
After trying the wings and loving them, I flipped through the rest of Easy Gourmet with eager fingers. The book has so many great recipes like:
- Carrot Pancakes
- Pea and Bacon Risotto
- Tomato Basil Spaghetti
- Miso Cod
- Dijon Mushrooms
- Haloumi Caprese
- Raspberry Pistachio Pavlovas
I think Easy Gourmet is the perfect cookbook for people who want to make exciting dishes but may be afraid to try. Stephanie Le gives very easy directions with each recipe so even the most exotic dishes can be made by anyone.
I hope you'll check it out!
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. I was given the cookbook to review free of charge. No other compensation was given to me. All opinions are my own.