How to make swamp wings!! / by James Harper

Recipe and Photos by: @jameslharper


One thing I have always loved since I've been on my own is cooking. Exploring new foods and exploring the possibilities are so much fun. Some of my favorites to cook with are garlic and ginger!! The main ingredients in these bad boys are nothing less than that, but we can get into those details a little later. For now, let your mouth water and taste buds tingle at the site of this dish.

Heat Rating at : 6/10

This rating is based on my acquired level of spice, which is preferred at 10/10. Ask anyone, and they will tell you I like to cry while I eat my food. I would not recommend diving into this if you're sensitive to spice, but also hey take a walk on the wild side!! Just don't say I didn't warn you.

If your taste buds are tingling or not, I don't care because mine are and I'm ready to dive into this delicious dish!!

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Step 1.) Oven Temp:

I would recommend setting the oven to 450˚, but on most chicken recipes it will say 350˚. I like 450 because cook time obviously is a little quicker, but crisps your wings just enough!!

Step 2.) Chicken:

  1. Wash 2 lbs of fresh or frozen chicken wings

Step 4.) In a bowl prepare and mix:

  1. 1/4 cup of water (If you like a little more sauce)
  2. 1/4 cup of chili garlic sauce
  3. 1 tbsp of any preferred hot sauce (I like Virgin Islands Apocalyptic Sauce from St. Michaels)
  4. 1/2 tbsp of garlic salt
  5. 1/2 tbsp of paprika
  6. 1/2 tbsp of ground pepper
  7. 1/2 tbsp of chili powder
  8. 1 tbsp of old bay
  9. 1/2 tsp of rosemary (Goes great on chicken and turkey, just a little extra flavor)
  10. 1/4 cup of basil (would recommend fresh, but dried basil is fine as well)
  11. 1 tbsp cooking oil
  12. 1 tbsp of vinegar (I used rice vinegar)

(If you can't tell I like to throw everything in, but the kitchen sink. The name of these wings are very fitting. Trust me though, the flavor is worth it)

Step 4.) In a separate bowl mince and prepare:

  1. 1 cluster of garlic (can be fresh or pre-minced)
  2. 1/4 cup of ginger
  3. Vietnamese hot peppers (3) also secretly my favorite in the whole world
  4. 1 whole shallot or pearl onion

Step 5.) While preheating the oven, combine both bowls of prepared ingredients and stir well. Immediately following, combine the chicken and shake while using a lid until sauce is spread as desired. Place wings on a non-stick (optional) oven tray. (I use tin-foil to save myself clean up after cooking)  Proceed to spread the left over sauce over the chicken on the tray. I would recommend saving some sauce to re-apply half way through cooking.


Step 6.) Place tray in oven and set timer for 20 minutes. After the timer dings, re-apply any leftover sauce (optional) and place back in the oven for 15 minutes. If no sauce is added, you can do the math I think its like a total of 35 minutes in the oven!! 

Immediately following, serve this dish. 

Some garnish ideas that go great with these swamp wings are drizzled honey for those that like a hint of sweet. Basil is always a great idea as well. My favorite is Thai basil, but is hard to find in your local grocery store. Wegman's and H-Mart can hook this up for you though.

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Thank you so much for tuning in on this home made recipe!! It has been my first attempt at discussing my love for food. Something that has come so naturally and I can't wait to share more. Please comment your thoughts and recommendations. Share with those wild friends of yours who indulge in the spice life or just like to cook!!

Much love, James L Harper / @jameslharper

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