Battered chicken wings with pomegranate and mango barbecue sauce

  • For the pomegranate and mango barbecue sauce
  • 225g pitted and peeled mango
  • 15ml to 30ml water
  • 250ml pomegranate juice
  • 60ml tomato puree
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 250ml water
  • 60ml apple cider vinegar
  • For the chicken wings
  • 1.5L to 2.5L vegetable oil
  • 2 dozen chicken wings
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 280g plain flour
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml evaporated milk
Pomegranate and mango barbecue sauce:
1) Puree the mango flesh in a food processor or blender (water may be needed to puree). Transfer the puree to a large saucepan, and add remaining ingredients for the barbecue sauce.

2) Mix together until all ingredients are combined and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 30 to 45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.

Chicken wings:
1) Heat the oil to 180C in a large Dutch oven or electric fryer. Rinse the chicken wings and pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with 1 tsp of the salt and 1 tsp of the pepper. Set aside.

2) In a shallow bowl or resealable bag, combine the remaining salt and pepper with the flour and paprika. In a separate dish, mix together the eggs and evaporated milk until well combined.

3) Roll the seasoned chicken pieces in the flour, a few at a time, until well coated. Then, dip the chicken in the milk and egg mixture, followed by another coat of seasoned flour.

4) Allow the chicken to sit in the flour and dry out for about 5 minutes, ensuring that the coating will stay on better.

5) Carefully add as many of the chicken pieces to the fryer as will fit without touching. Do not crowd the pan or the temperature will lower, making the chicken greasy.

6) Fry for 5 minutes, then turn the pieces over and fry the other side 5 minutes. Cook for about 10 minutes total, or until the pieces begin to float. Remove chicken to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, about 5 minutes.

7) To serve, place the fried wings in a large bowl and toss with the barbecue sauce (or less, to taste). Refrigerate any leftover barbecue sauce.

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