SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN WINGS

I received this incredible recipe from my good friend and neighbor Sandy many, many years ago. Sandy babysat my children when they came home from school up until they were old enough to watch themselves. Because, you see, I was one of those villainous women who thought she should be able to have a career and be a mommy (this was in the 70s when being a working mommy was still a wee bit frowned upon). But I am positive my children were better off because I wasn’t a stay-at-home mom! Please do not get me wrong, I loved my children more than life itself. But I wasn’t blessed with the patience of a saint, as was my dear neighbor Sandy. Between my kids (the 3 younger ones) and her 4, she offered the safest of havens, unconditional love, and the broadest and most tender of shoulders on which to share all of life’s’ little tragedies. And wonder of wonders – she could cook.  So not only were my children safe and secure with this lovely lady, their little tummies never went hungry while their own mommy was off filling the families coffers and not coincidentally, saving her own sanity. So try this recipe. It is just delicious, and sure to be a hit with even the pickiest of eaters! And if you happen to be a working mommy, don’t ever apologize for being happy fulfilling your own destiny. I am firmly convinced that women who know and like themselves, and live their lives to the fullest make the best mothers. And as for my own 4 grown children, well I could not be more proud. They are kind, loving and responsible adults. What mother could ask for more?

  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. orange juice
  • 1 T. dry mustard
  • 3 lbs. chicken wings

Combine ingredients and simmer slowly for approximately 90 minutes. When done, the chicken falls off the bones and the sauce is thick and very, very sticky. Please note: an electric fry pan works great for this recipe. Keep the lid on the full time, but watch very carefully the last 30 minutes or so. (Towards the end of the cooking time it is very easy to burn the chicken.) Serve with rice, a steamed green vegetable, and 3 or more napkins. (You are going to get sticky!) Very kidlet friendly. Also works well with bone-in chicken thighs.

Side dish suggestions: steamed rice and Green Beans

Wine pairing: Are you kidding? This dish fairly screams for a cold, dark beer.