Blood Orange Glazed Chicken Wings with Minted Whipped Feta

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Author Notes: I know we fortunate Texans keep bragging about it, but we really have had our first taste of spring this week. The return of green grass and sunshine had me hankering for chicken wings with a sweet and sticky glaze that coats your fingers. These wings are baked until crispy and glazed with a blood orange reduction. I served them with a perky little whipped feta dip flush with mint. Helen and I had ourselves a party!arielleclementine

Food52 Review: I made this recipe twice. Not because it’s tricky, but because the first time I ate the whole plate of wings all by myself. The reduction strikes a balance of sweet to start and fiery to finish. The minted whipped feta cuts the heat and provides a salty complement to the glaze. Arielleclementine is spot on in her directions to cook the wings to a crispy state before glazing, and saves your pan with her advice to line it with both tin foil and parchment paper. My one critique is the whipped feta could be thinned -- maybe with goat’s milk -- for easier dipping. - cheese1227The Editors

Serves 4

For the Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3/4 cup juice from 3 blood oranges
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 tablespoon blood orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil, then with parchment paper.
  3. Cut the chicken wings into thirds, and reserve the wing tips for stock. Pat dry thoroughly. Season with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, flipping the wings every 15 minutes.
  4. While the wings are baking, make the glaze. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, mix the blood orange juice, zest, honey, and crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes, or until the glaze has reduced to about 1/4 of a cup. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  5. After the wings have baked for 45 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and brush the wings all over with the glaze. Return to the oven to bake for 5 more minutes. Serve warm with Minted Whipped Feta (recipe follows).

For the Whipped Feta

  • 3/4 pound fresh feta, rinsed and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  1. Put the crumbled feta, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. It should look a bit like hummus. Add the chopped mint and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  2. Serve in a pretty bowl topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of mint.

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