No Wings? No Way!

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Have you heard the fowl news about chicken wings? There will not be enough to go around for Super Bowl Sunday. This has got to have millions of viewers very anxious because how will they ever get through all the commercials, never mind the game without biting into those finger -licking wings. I thought long and hard about what could ever replace this culinary delight that so many have an insatiable appetite for. My answer is go for the thighs. Tender, juicy and with no bones about it, this will be the real winner on Super Bowl Sunday.

Spicy Five Napkin Super Bowl Sunday Chicken Thighs

Serves 8

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon hot red pepper sauce (or to your liking)
2/3 cup orange marmalade
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons spicy grainy mustard
2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut in half to make 16 pieces
Wondra flour*
Salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium size saucepan and add the olive oil, garlic and ginger and cook until the garlic is soft and the mixture is fragrant. Add the pepper flakes and cook 1 minute. Add the hot sauce, marmalade, vinegar and mustard. Mix well and cook over medium low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both side then coat them lightly but evenly on both sides with the flour.

Lightly brush a 9 x 12 inch baking dish with olive oil and place the thighs in a single layer in the pan. Pour the sauce evenly over the thighs.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for 45 minutes, basting the thighs frequently with the sauce and turning them once or twice. They should be nicely browned and glazed looking,

Serve hot with lots of napkins and cheer on your favorite team!

Find Wondra flour in the baking aisle of your grocery store. It provides a light sandy coating for frying that is not as heavy as regular flour.

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