Maple and Yaaji crispy wing salad

Recipes are born from random thoughts that eventually become actions. I wanted to make some chicken wings, but I also wanted a salad. It was at that moment I decided to make a chicken wing salad.

Cool right? It tasted so good, I had to make it a second time. This time, I had it wit some jollof rice (West African) dish on the side.

I also used a spice range from one of my favourite food pages on instagram (@essiespice). You all should check them out. The spices are so flavourful, and from the way they are packaged, you can tell a lot of work went into producing.

In honour of National Chicken Wing Day, I decided to share this with you all.

Enjoy xo

Recipe

1 pound buffalo wings

1/2 or 1 rodo/scotch bonnet pepper (depending on how spicy the pepper is)

1/4 onion

2 garlic cloves

thumb size ginger

1 tsp curry

1 tbsp fresh thyme

1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup Flour

1tsp black pepper

1tsp salt

1 cube knorr

2 tbsps essie spice Mekko dry rub

3 tbsp yaaji (suya) pepper

1tsp curry

Oil for frying

maple syrup

For Ceasar Salad

Romaine Lettuce

Croutons

Ceasar salad dressing

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Method

Wash chicken wings and place in a clean bowl.

In a blender, blend the onion, pepper, ginger, and garlic together.

Pour blended ingredients into bowl of chicken. Add in knorr, thyme, 1 tbsp and olive oil. Poke wings with a knife and mix well until well marinated. Leave wings to sit in marinade for about an hour or more.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, black pepper, 2tbps yaaji, salt and curry – mix well.

Let marinate for about 2-3 hours. When the wings are well seasoned, heat some oil for frying. Remove wings one at a time and fully coat in flour mix, then drop in hot oil. Repeat process until all wings are finished.

When wings are done, drizzle with maple syrup.

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your wings should look golden brown like the above picture and not burnt. Once oil is hot, turn the heat down so that the wings do not burn too quickly and the inside gets well done.

For the salad

Cut up the romaine lettuce (you can buy a pre bagged one that is already washed and cut up), however, fresh is always the best option.

dress lettuce with croutons and fried wings. Then sprinkle some more yaaji (suya) pepper on the wings.

Finish off with your ceasar salad dressing (cream).

This salad was a mix of sweet and spicy. The mix of flavours on your taste buds is definitely something to write home about. This salad has since become my latest obsession.

I had it with some smoking red party jollof rice (pictured below).

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