Wings are the ultimate party food: sold in bulk, relatively inexpensive, simple to make, and downright DELICIOUS! This time on Beer Down Here Test Kitchen we decided to make some beer-themed wings with a “Sweet and Spicy Thai Glaze”. We used Abita Brewing Company’s Andygator to add some nice malty sweetness and depth to balance out the heat from the Sriracha.
*also, if you’re feeling extra saucy, hit the link to check out our recipe for a spicy Strawgator
Check out the recipe below!
Sweet and Spicy Andygator Thai Wings
2–3 packs of chicken wings and/or drumettes
12oz bottle of Abita — Andygator (2 if you want to marinate the wings a day or two before which adds a nice malty sweetness to the chicken, and/or do a delicious beer batter)
1/4 cup diced onions
2 TBSP minced garlic
3 TBSP Sriracha
5 TBSP honey
3 TBSP fish sauce (substitute soy sauce if you don’t have or don’t like fish sauce. We won’t judge you)
2 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 TBSP rice wine vinegar (or apple cider if you don’t have rice wine vinegar)
1/2 TBSP dried cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Sesame seeds for sprinkling on the finished product to look FANCY AF!
Pre-heat fryer or enough oil in pot to cover the wings to around 360*F
While the oil is pre-heating, let’s start your sauce. — In a pot, add the olive oil and add the onions and garlic. Saute until nice and caramelized.
Add your bottle of Andygator and de-glaze the bottom of the pot.
Now you need to reduce your Andygator to about a quarter, or about the thickness of that fake movie-theater popcorn butter. This takes some time so be careful and don’t drink too many of the other bottles in the 6-pack, because you are going to be screwing around with super hot oil.
While its thickening, add the rest of the ingredients to the sauce except the sesame seeds and whisk together well.
Once thickened to a sticky-icky sauce consistency, kill the heat and and let rest on the stove to cool down some while you fry your wings.
If you like your wings coated, batter them in your favorite breading. If you like your wings naked… don’t batter them. We’re not here to tell you how to eat your wings, but we battered half of them in an Andygator and Louisiana Fish Fry Products Beer Batter and left the other half naked.
Add the wings to the hot oil without crowding them or acquiring 3rd degree burns and cook until done… approximately 8 minutes.
Remove wings when cooked and set on plate with paper towels or brown paper. Set them aside while you repeat the process above until all your wings are cooked nice and crispy.
Once all the wings are done, put a handful of them in a big ass bowl and pour some of your delicious sauce on top and toss them to make sure they are fully coated in your home made sweet and spicy beer glaze.
Put them on a pretty plate and lightly sprinkle with the sesame seeds and present to your party guest and they’ll think you’re some sort of Iron Chef!
As always, if you try this recipe, tag us on social media @beerdownhere #beerdownhere or drop us a line to let us know what you think!