Tamarind Chipotle Chicken Wings (Alitas de pollo con salsa de tamarindo y chipotle)

The tradition of preparing chicken wings as a snack or meal per se, is not a mexican idea. However, modern times have brought modern recipes to Mexico and of course they have adapted their ingredients to best take advantage of these new dishes. Today I present one of these mexican wings recipes. These wings are delicious with this tamarind sauce which gives them a unique bittersweet caramel flavor.

Tamarind is a tropical plant that is native to Africa. In Mexico it is grown throughout the year, but most use it for sweets, juices and ice creams (if you have not yet tried tamarind ice cream, it is simply delicious!) In Asia tamarind has been in use with savory foods, sauces and other condiments for a long time. Now, with the rise of fusion cuisine, people are trying and mixing different ingredients, including tamarind - and chicken wings.

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Making Tamarind Chipotle Chicken Wings


* 12 chicken wings
* Salt and pepper
* 1/4 cup oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup tamarind concentrate
* 2 chipotle in adobo chiles, chopped
* 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
* 6 tablespoons honey
* 4 tablespoons sliced green onions

Making this recipe:

1) Wash and dry wings. Place them in a bowl and season.

2) Pour the oil in a pan over medium heat, and add the garlic, cooking until translucent, leaving much browning or burning. Remove from heat.

3) In another bowl mix the tamarind concentrate, the vinegar, the chipotle, pressed garlic and a pinch of salt. Mix well to blend everything together.

4) Reserve 1/4 cup of this mixture, pour everything else over the wings, mixing so that all are well coated with this sauce. Cover and refrigerate for two hours. You can also conveniently prepare this at night and leave it until the next day, get a slightly deeper flavor.

5) Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 ˚C). Arrange the wings on a baking pan, discarding the excess liquid marinade. Bake for 15 minutes, turning them after 8 minutes.

6) Reduce oven heat setting to 300 °F (150 °C). Add the honey to the reserved marinade and mix well. Using a kitchen brush, cover the wings with this and bake them about 15 minutes more.

Serve on a platter and top with the sliced green onions.

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