Welcome the month of March with this delicious fast and easy recipe: baked honey glazed wings with garlic, balsamic and soy sauce; created entirely by accident! A couple of weeks ago, my Mom, Michael and I all simultaneously had the craziest work week ever. My mom had a huge project she was working on; she moves entire offices to other buildings when necessary, along with assisting with the design (Project Manager). Michael was in focus mode with a medical convention he was working, along with in-services and demos at hospitals in neighboring cities (Clinical Sales Specialist). I was working for Maserati for 10 days straight at the Chicago Auto show – my feet kill (Model / Picked up some useful information on the prettiest cars you have ever seen, and now I wonder, “do I have a future in being a car salesman?” Hmm). On top of that I had to do a very early (like wake up at 4am early) news segment for Macy’s. So on one of these evenings; after a brutal day, I came home to my family who were just as beat and exhausted as I was. They were looking to me for a meal. I’m not sure how it happened…but I’ve been assigned the “cook of the house” role that was originally my grandmothers.
The Challenge: When they looked at me so famished and tired…I felt really bad for them! They looked so sad! I too was starving. Take out would have been most people’s “go to” in this situation, but to be honest it just seemed like a really bad idea this time. I had two pairs of hungry eyes staring back at me (not including the toddler and the pug – I fed them first of course). It occurred to me that an hour wait wasn’t going to work this time, plus add in the time that it takes for everyone to agree on a restaurant and the time it takes to get the order all straightened out = WAY TOO LONG. That kinda of chaos could have sent us into a state of evil! Ha, no thanks. So under all this pressure to save the night, I kinda just felt the magic so to speak. It was a lot like being on Chopped, but there wasn’t any money to win…bummer. I’m a huge fan of that show
My Cooking Thought Process: I had to think up a meal fast using what I already had in the kitchen…no plan, no recipe – just a tired momma under pressure to feed her family, who also luckily had two packages of chicken wings in the fridge?!! “Where did these come from?”. You know how it goes. I figured garlic sounded like a great idea because I was getting the sniffles (after this work week I became very ill…I’ll share more on that maybe tomorrow, it explains my extended absence – FYI: the garlic lost this round.). Honey makes everything taste wonderful, it was the perfect solution to achieve the coated glazed texture I was striving for. Balsamic vinegar landed in the dish because I thought it was the Olive Oil that sits right next to it on the counter (I was so freak-en tired). Low Sodium Soy Sauce because that was the original plan. Sea salt and ground black pepper of course and then mix everything together and into the oven it goes! AND guess what?! My “think fast dinner” turned out to be the best baked honey glazed wings we have ever had. The only complaint was that I didn’t make more…of course. Ungrateful savages
- 2 packages of Chicken Wings, rinsed and patted dry
- 5-6 cloves of Garlic, minced
- Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar
- 1/2 of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp of Honey
- Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper
- Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Rinse Chicken Wings and pat dry. Place Wings into baking pan. Drizzle lightly with Olive Oil (about 2 tbsp). Add Balsamic Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Honey, Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Toss to mix and coat well.
- Arrange the wings evenly in the pan, right side up. Bake for 20 min. Flip wings to the other side and bake for another 10 min.
- Serve with wedges of lime! So good - ENJOY!
- *Balsamic Vinegar is not to be confused with Balsamic Vinaigrette. Balsamic Vinaigrette is a salad dressing with added spices and oil - NOT to be used in this dish...although it is a great way to marinate chicken FYI.
- Balsamic Vinegar is the healthier choice though ;)