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Guinness chicken wings will be a hit at any party

Sticky sweet Guiness party wings. Photographed in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Cliff Jette/Freelance fo
Sticky sweet Guiness party wings. Photographed in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, February 22, 2020. (Cliff Jette/Freelance for The Gazette)
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My favorite stout beer is Guinness. The color of espresso, this sophisticated beer gives the illusion of being sweet, but it is very bitter. I wanted to find a recipe that used Guinness as one of its ingredients, so I began to do some research.

My first thought was to make a dessert, but I kept coming up with chocolate cakes. Yaaaawn! Plus, I already featured a chocolate cake recently, and I like to keep my ideas fresh.

Then I thought about a barbecue sauce that I like to make and I started to play around with ideas on how to incorporate Guinness into the sauce or even make Guinness the star of the sauce. I didn’t want it to be bitter, but I still did want the integrity of the stout flavor of Guinness beer to come through. I chose a Guinness draft for this sweet sticky Guinness party wings recipe.

Seriously, what is a gathering of any sort without wings? For many people a plate of good wings and a good beer or two can take away most snack cravings and make for quick appetizers, especially with St. Patrick’s Day parties coming up and other potlucks and family gatherings ahead. That is why this sweet sticky party wing sauce was created.

I prefer my barbecue sauces with a little heat and a little tang. Most of my sauces are a little sweet and smoky, and the Guinness just adds another level of flavor that keeps guests coming back for more. That’s true whether it is used on a burger or chicken.

This crispy seasoned chicken wing recipe is juicy and full of flavor. Pair the crispy wings with the sweet sticky Guinness sauce and a few fresh veggies and then wash it all down with your favorite Guinness beer. Crispy, juicy, sticky, stout and delicious is what you get in these unique party wings. It’s a flavor explosion for your taste buds.

I fry my chicken wing sections in olive oil and butter for flavor and lightness. I want them to be crispy enough to hold its texture even when the sauce is applied and this recipe does just that.

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As with most of my recipes this recipe is very versatile. You can add a little brown sugar, you can add a little pepper flakes for spice, or you can use red wine vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar. I don’t think there are any losing options with these wings. You even can try other Guinness flavors to change the flavor and boldness of the sauce.

I hope you are excited to make your version of Guinness wings for friends and family. You can even be the talk of the office by sharing a platter at your next potluck.

Now let’s roll up those sleaves, wash those hands, and let’s get started creating your very own culinary art.

Recipe

Sweet Sticky Guinness Party Wings

For the sauce

2 bottles of Guinness beer (equivalent of bottles from a six-pack)

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoons soy sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients and boil on medium heat for 15 minutes on medium or until sauce is a light syrup consistency. Put aside until ready to pour over chicken pieces.

For the chicken

1 5-pound bag of chicken wing sections

Season to taste with seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Starting with thawed and rinsed chicken wing parts patted dry.

Season chicken and add all the other ingredients and mix together until all chicken parts are completely covered.

Heat oil in medium skillet on medium low heat. (Be careful not to burn the oil.) Carefully place chicken skin side down in the skillet until brown on all sides

Place browned chicken in baking dish. (It’s OK to double stack as long as sauce gets on all the chicken.)

Pour sauce over wings and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Source: Michelle Madden

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