Bajan chicken wings
These crisp, buttermilk-marinated chicken wings can be found on the menu at London's Riding House Café. They're a bit of effort to make, but are well worth giving a go at home
- Serves: 10 persons
- 2long shallots, chopped
- ½onion, chopped
- 1tbsp ground turmeric
- 1tbsp mustard powder
- 20scotch bonnet peppers
- 50g garlic (5-7 cloves)
- 75g fresh horseradish
- 1lime, zested
- 225ml distilled malt vinegar
- 1kg chicken wings
- 40g all-purpose seasoning
- 500ml buttermilk
- 250ml white wine vinegar
- 100g caster sugar
- 3large red onions, thinly sliced
- 250g plain flour
- 1tsp ground allspice
- ½tsp onion powder
- ½tbsp garlic powder
- 1tsp dried thyme
- 60g Bajan pepper sauce (recipe above) or other hot pepper saucE
- 200g mayonnaise
- a few sprigs of coriander
- pickled red onions (recipe above)
Step 1To make the pepper sauce, blitz all the ingredients plus 1 tbsp of table salt in a food processor or high-powered blender to make a smooth paste. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days before using.
Step 2The day before cooking, rub the chicken wings in the all-purpose seasoning and put into a large bowl. Pour over the buttermilk and chill overnight.
Step 3To make the pickled onions, bring the vinegar and sugar to a boil in a pan over a medium heat, then add the onions. Cover and leave until completely cool, then chill.
Step 4Combine all the ingredients for the dry mixture, plus 10g of table salt.
Step 5Whisk together 60g of the Bajan pepper sauce and mayonnaise to make a serving sauce, then set aside until ready to serve.
Step 6Remove the chicken wings from the buttermilk and drain really well, then toss in the dry mixture.
Step 7Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Fill a large pan no more than a third full with oil and heat to 180C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Fry the wings, in batches, for 5-7 minutes or until crisp, drain onto kitchen paper, then tip onto a baking tray while you fry the rest. Once all the wings are fried, put them into the oven for 5 minutes to cook through.
Step 8Serve the wings with the coriander, pickled onions, dipping sauce and the remaining pepper sauce.