Balsamic Wings

I really like Mediterranean and Tuscan style cuisine. I also love chicken wings. A recipe was formed in my bent and twisted mind.

This recipe is not an authentic recipe from the region, it is just my attempt to use the flavours in making chicken wings. It could be made in a rack over a tray in a 350 F (176 C) oven or over indirect heat in a barbecue.

I preheated my Traeger Timberline to 350 F (176 C). While it was heating, I made my glaze by mixing:

  • 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) Italian seasonings
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) balsamic vinegar
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

I heated the mixture in a saucepan to bring it to a boil and then let it boil for 3 or 4 minutes to thicken a bit.

I mixed the following for a seasoning mix:

  • 5 ml (1 tsp) dried rosemary
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) dried thyme
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) Kosher salt
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) coarse ground pepper

I took 420 grams (1 pound) of wings and put them in a bowl with 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil. Toss the wings in the oil. Add the seasoning mix and toss to coat.

Put the wings in the smoker for 25 minutes. Turn the wings and cook to an internal temperature over 170 F. Brush with the glaze and cook for 5 to 10 minutes to set the glaze.

Bring the wings in and toss them with some of the glaze.

Put on a plate and serve.

The Verdict

These caused dissention. People either loved them or were indifferent to them. They are not spicy, sweet like most wings. They have a sweet/sour base from the balsamic and a strong herb hit. Some really liked them but others wanted a more classic wing.

I found them to be very tasty. They had the taste I was looking for. They are a pleasant change from the regular fare.

The Old Fat Guy

Balsamic Wings

Balsamic Wings

Ingredients

  • 420 grams (1 pound) chicken wings
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil
  • Glaze:
  • 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) Italian seasonings
  • 150 ml (2/3 cup) balsamic vinegar
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Seasoning Mix:
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) dried rosemary
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) dried thyme
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) Kosher salt
  • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) coarse ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat a smoker, oven or indirect grill to 350 F (176 C).
  2. While it is heating, Make a glaze by mixing:
  3. 8 ml (1 1/2 tsp) Italian seasonings
  4. 150 ml (2/3 cup) balsamic vinegar
  5. 15 ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar
  6. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  7. Heat the mixture in a saucepan to bring it to a boil and then let it boil for 3 or 4 minutes to thicken a bit.
  8. Mix the following for a seasoning mix:
  9. 5 ml (1 tsp) dried rosemary
  10. 5 ml (1 tsp) dried thyme
  11. 2 ml (1/2 tsp) Kosher salt
  12. 2 ml (1/2 tsp) coarse ground pepper
  13. Take 420 grams (1 pound) of wings and put them in a bowl with 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil. Toss the wings in the oil. Add the seasoning mix and toss to coat.
  14. Put the wings in the smoker or oven for 25 minutes.
  15. Turn the wings and cook to an internal temperature over 170 F.
  16. Brush with the glaze and cook for 5 to 10 minutes to set the glaze.
  17. Bring the wings in and toss them with some of the glaze.
  18. Put on a plate and serve.
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