What do you think of when you hear PB&J? Kid’s sandwiches no doubt. Maybe comfort food. What you probably don’t think of is chicken wings. Last fall I had seen a recipe for Spicy PB&J Wings, tried them and liked the result. For our neighborhood blizzard party last Friday night it seemed like a good time for an encore.
The secret to the wings is two things:
- Instant mashed potato flakes to give the wings a nice crispy coating, and
- Jalapeño pepper jelly to provide some spice.
When I made these in the fall Kath found the sauce a touch on the heavy side, which I resolved this time by accident. The recipe calls for you to bake the wings for 30 minutes, flip and bake 20 more THEN toss in the PB&J coating and bake for 5 minutes. Somehow I misread the recipe in the excitement of our neighbors arriving and tossed the wings in the sauce after the first ½ hour. I then baked them an additional 20 minutes, flipped and baked 5 minutes more. The result was that the sauce cooked down some in the oven and left the wings with a lighter PB&J coating. I liked them equally well both times, but good to know there is an alternative for people who like a lighter coating.
The best part: you don’t need to cut the crusts off before you eat them!