Crispy Cajun Chicken Wings
Usually our test batches of food are small enough that our taste testers can each have a small bite or two just to give the food a try. Usually our taste testing team is a handful of brave souls who want to venture into trying a new food. For this recipe, we started with 4 pounds of chicken wings because we knew that our taste testing team would grow to include every single person in the building minus the only human being here who doesn’t consume meat. Even she thought they smelled delicious, though. Cajun food is traditionally well spiced, and these wings were no exception, leading to the delicious scents wafting off of them.
We baked the wings first for about 30 to 40 minutes, under the guise of healthier cooking, and then immediately slathered them in four cups of oil for frying. Fried food is always way more delicious than baked food, but we suggest limiting these savory wings to an occasional treat. It’s okay if you try these out and then eat them for a week straight though, the first experience with a food this good is always the most addicting.
Once they’ve been fried and drained, the wings can be set aside on paper towels to absorb more liquid or left in the pain until the wing sauce is ready. Jeff created a wing sauce with ¼ cup of our Cajun Seasoning, ¾ cups of vegetable oil, and 2 tablespoons of salt and tossed the wings in a giant bowl. Our Cajun Seasoning is inspired by traditional Cajun food practices which got their start in Louisiana. After the wings were fully coated, our staff were like vultures, hovering around the bowl for the perfect wing and eating them hunched over paper towels.
The blue cheese served on the side was one of Jeff’s own creations. He suggests that if you are planning to make the blue cheese you make it in the morning and let it sit in the fridge for the day because the longer it sits the better it tastes. Seeing as there were people eating a spoonful at a time of the stuff out of the container, and shoveling it with carrots and celery, this is not an exaggeration.
- In a small bowl, combine sour cream, blue cheese, 1/2 tsp salt, pepper, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and parsley and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, place wings and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.
- While wings are baking, in a medium bowl, combine vegetable oil, Cajun Seasoning and 1-1/2 Tbsp salt and mix well. This will serarate because of the oil. Make sure to mix well before tossing wings.
- In a fryer or Dutch oven, heat 4 cups oil to 375 degrees. Place wings in oil, batch by batch and fry until golden and crispy, about 12-15 minutes.
- Drain wings on paper towels and place into large bowl with sauce mixture. Toss wings until they are thoroughly coated.
- Serve with bleu cheese dressing and celery and carrot sticks.