Added advantage of being on a paleo diet is that I can gorge on these delicious teriyaki chicken wings. Unlike diets with heavy carbohydrates, the paleo diet is heavy in protein and fats allowing me to enjoy in the skin and all. These wings deliver on all notes. The sauce combines sweet and salty tangs with a meaty juiciness.
Teriyaki is a cooking technique used in Japanese cuisine in which foods are broiled or grilled with a glaze of soy sauce, mirin and sugar. The word teriyaki derives from the noun teri–the shine or luster given by the sugar content in the tare–and yaki–the cooking method of grilling or broiling. Traditionally, the meat is dipped in or brushed with sauce several times during cooking. In North America, any dish made with a teriyaki-like sauce or with added ingredients such as sesame or garlic (uncommon in traditional Japanese cuisine), is described as teriyaki. Pineapple juice is usually used as it not only provides sweetness but also bromelain enzymes that help tenderize the meat.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- I used chicken wings. They combine both the drumettes and wings into one; however, using just wings or just drumettes is optional.
- I used coconut aminos for a paleo version. Using soy sauce will provide the same flavor, but it is not gluten free.
- I used honey for my sweetener. I think it is not overly sweet and works well as a thickening agent for a sauce.
- Careful using fresh ginger because it will cause chunks in the sauce that can be potent.
- Broiling works well in browning the outside skin without overcooking the meat inside.
- Cooking the wings skin side down for the first ten minutes, allows the meat to cook through without burning the skin.
- The sauce is easy! Mix all the ingredients until the desired thickness.
- The sauce will continue to thicken and cook after being removed from the heat, so I suggest not boiling it over seven minutes.
- Toss the wings evenly to coat the
Napkins will be your best friends with this meal. It is finger licking good, but on the sticky side. I could have continued to eat the entire batch myself. Keep that in mind and be sure to double or triple the meal, inviting friends and family to come and enjoy the dish. It is a quick and easy meal for reunions and parties. Have everyone over to enjoy some wings and wow them with the sweet and salty crunch of these meaty wings.
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