Farmhouse Chicken Wings

IMG_4301I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually had Chicken Wings in a pub setting.  Most likely because I had left the city and was living on this lovely little island before they became a “thing”.

There are, however, a couple of recipes of sticky, yummy chicken that I remember most fondly.  One was a family recipe of friends that used to summer on Okanagan Lake.  I travelled with them for a couple of summers, babysitting and thrilling in my time away from the city.  I remember there always being a bag of this amazing chicken in the picnic cooler anytime we spent the day out on the boat.  I’ll see if I can track down that recipe.

The other recipe was submitted to a cookbook I put together in 1982 as a fundraising project.  They were simply called Japanese Chicken Wings, but the flavour told a much bigger story than that.  They were dredged in egg & flour, browned in skillets of melted butter, and then cooked in the oven with a sweet & sour type sauce.  I’m sure there were huge amounts of calories, they were messy to make, but always a favourite at potlucks and gatherings.  I made 5# of them once to hold the kids over for 5 days while we were away.

So these little wings have a little bit of both those stories.  They were concocted one afternoon, when we were foraging in the freezer for that night’s supper.  There was only one proviso, that they would be Gluten-Free for my co-conspirator sister. Continue reading