After attending the UK premiere of Oscar winning animated movie Big Hero 6, the Disney press team sent me a media kit that contained something extra special. It was the ‘secret’ recipe to Aunt Cass’ famous chicken wings, as featured in the film.
If you’ve watched the film (and if you haven’t, I urge you to see it, it’s fantastic), then you’ll know the wings are described as ‘melt your face off’ hot and sound amazing. Here’s Hiro taking a plate of wings up to his room.
The babes and I couldn’t wait to try out this recipe and we made it the other night for dinner. The boys enjoyed throwing the ingredients together under my watchful eye and it only took about 10-15 minutes prep. The wonderful thing about chicken wings is that it doesn’t take long for the seasoning to soak in – I let them marinade for about 20 minutes before popping them in the oven (you can pop ’em straight in if you’re pressed for time).
Aside from the spice rub, there’s also a delicious sauce to add some zing to the wings. The recipe’s below: you can adjust according to your tastes (we added more cayenne pepper and chilli, but not too much so the boys didn’t whimper). I didn’t have corn starch, so we used 4 tablespoons of flour (double the portions of corn starch) to thicken the sauce. Also we switched out canola for olive oil, and squeezed in clementine juice as we had no limes to hand. So I’m looking forward to making the wings again with a zestier lime flavour.
Aunt Cass Chicken Wings Seasoning
1 tbsp coarse salt
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder
4 tbsp oil
4 lbs chicken wings or chicken strips
Aunt Cass Chicken Wings Sauce
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp coriander
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup honey
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp cornstarch
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line baking sheet with foil.
2. Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken and toss well, covering all the pieces of chicken.
3. Spread all the pieces of chicken on the baking sheet and cook for ~ 35 minutes.
4. To serve, toss cooked chicken with wing sauce.
How did they turn out? Mighty tasty. I served it with a noodle stir fry and we polished the wings off so quickly, there were just two left when I remembered to take photos! Finger lickin’ yummy.
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