A couple of weeks ago… my oldest turned 6. Normally I wouldn’t get nostalgic but she is heading to 1st grade. They have homework in 1st grade. Which means I ALSO have homework…
Still, I feel emotional. This is my baby girl. She’s grown up fast. My little honey bee was becoming such a sweet young lady. Kind, polite, friendly and most of all independent. She’s taking flight and spreading her wings…
Mmmm wings… I love chicken wings.
Wait. What were we talking about?
Oh right… my daughter’s ascension in childhood. You know what? We should celebrate with chicken wings. Problem though. They’re loaded with sodium and saturated fat. But remember my fellow Dadbods, where there’s a will there’s a way.
I researched alternatives to fried chicken wings and came across avocado oil. Low and behold it has the good fats. But the other killer is buffalo wing sauce. So much sodium! Research continued and I found a nice nugget in sriracha sauce with clover honey. I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? And let me tell you… it was worth the reinvestment.
Honey Sriracha Wings and Grilled Sweet Corn
Throw the wings in a big bowl. Pour the avacado oil on top and swish it around. Make sure the oil covers most of the poultry.
Use your traditional gas grill, I went with old faithful Weber genesis on this one. Turn the heat up, you'll need about 400° (basically face-melting hot).
You'll want to place the wings on the top rack. I repeat, place them on the top rack. At this point find air conditioning.
While the wings are starting to warm, you have 2 options... shuck the corn and wrap in foil (recommended) OR place the whole husk right on the grill (bottom rack).
So for the next half hour you're going to do a lot of turning. I recommend playing this video the whole time https://youtu.be/PGNiXGX2nLU.
The chicken should start looking golden brown on the outside. Once you see the bubbling effect of oil basting on the skin, place those suckers on the bottom rack. Then... rotate the corn to the top rack.
Once the chicken grill marks are to your liking, the chicken will most likely be ready for a sauce bath. Mix the sriracha sauce and honey in another big bowl.
One by one, take the wings off the grill and give them a swirl in the hot sauce. Coat the wings to your liking.
Serve up the wings with the sweet corn and pretend it's super bowl Sunday. Try not to cry as you watch your young ones grow up before your very eyes. (Just blame it on the sriracha sauce).
Born and raised in Rochester, Bryan now resides in Farmington, NY with his wife and two lovely daughters. He performs with a comedy improv group called Nuts & Bolts, officiates high school football, and is currently a "swami" with Universal Life Church (which means he gets to marry people). It's a good day when everyone gets out of the house on time.
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