Vietnamese (Cilantro-Lime) Chicken Wings

As we all know, this pregnancy has me craving wings 24/7, so I was really excited when I saw that this months Food Network Magazine has a pull-out booklet with 50 different wing recipes.

This one in particular jumped out at me.

I can’t believe I am about to say this, especially because you know I love my spicy ranch wings sooooooo much…

But these are my new favorite flavor. They are so good.

The sauce is mouthwateringly (is that a word?) amazing. It’s made up of cilantro, lime juice, garlic, fish sauce and butter.

The fish sauce gives it this savory quality that you just can’t put your finger on (btw fish sauce doesn’t taste like fish) and then the butter mellows out some of the herbiness (another made up word) perfectly. I don’t know what else to say except that you have to try these wings.

You really have to.

On a side note — the wings that I got had the wing tips etc. still on them. You know what I mean right?

I really didn’t care for breaking them down. Breaking the bones with my knife and then …gross.  I won’t get into it. 

The only way I could get through it without cringing was to pretend like I was a professional chef. I mean I bet Jenna from Eat, Live, Run doesn’t freak out when she has to break down chicken wings.

I stayed tough and got through it but I will pay more attention when I buy them next time.

I think my wings look a lot like Food Networks! Not bad.

P.S. I saved the left over sauce and used it to marinate some flank steak for dinner. Really good.

Vietnamese (Cilantro-Lime) Chicken Wings (From Food Network Magazine)
10-12 Chicken wings
1 1/2 Cup Cilantro
1 Clove Garlic
2-4 Tablespoons lime juice
2 Tablespoons fish sauce
2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeno (optional)
6 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup flour
1 Tablespoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

1. Mix your flour with the garlic powder and salt and pepper. Dredge your wings in the flour mixture and then fry in batches for at least 15 mins.

2. In a food processor add your cilantro, garlic, lime juice and fish sauce (and optional jalapenos for extra heat) Puree ingredients.

3. Melt your butter and add to your cilantro lime mixture.

4. After your wings are fried and have cooled off on a paper towel (to soak up extra oil), toss them in the cilantro lime and butter mixture.

5. Garnish with extra limes and enjoy!

9 Responses to “Vietnamese (Cilantro-Lime) Chicken Wings”

  1. Meeling posted on February 21, 2013 at 12:56 am (#)

    Yum! Those look good. My cilantro has gone crazy in my backyard – might just have to use some of it up on this recipe!

    • Michelle O replied on February 21st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      You won’t be sorry — they are SOOOO good! 🙂

  2. yulianack posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:18 am (#)

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  3. Julieisfly posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:22 am (#)

    Looks amazing! No baby update 🙁

    • Michelle O replied on February 21st, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Will do a baby update soon! I promise 🙂

  4. Lemons and Anchovies posted on February 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#)

    These wings look wonderful! Love the combination of flavors. 🙂

  5. Alejandra Ramos posted on February 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm (#)

    These look so delicious! Love the idea of using the leftover marinade on steak, too!

  6. lokness posted on February 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm (#)

    Always looking for a good chicken wing recipe to switch it up for dinner. These flavors sounds delicious. Definitely trying it out soon.

  7. Janet@FromCupcakesToCaviar posted on February 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#)

    oh, yum! We are wings freaks here (except for my husband; he’s strange) and I personally love almost anything made with lime, so I KNOW I’ll be making this soon.

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