Posts tagged chicken wings
There's Rice at Home: Sriracha Glazed Chicken Wings

Over the weekend, we were doing some chicken wing math and came to the conclusion that Lagos restaurants are really killing us with the prices. Not just chicken wings either...

Anyway, sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands and make these things in your own kitchen. Like, these Sriracha Glazed Chicken Wings we "invented" lol. 

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Time: 3 hours

Active Time: 1 hour

 

Ingredients

1KG Chicken Wings

Glaze

  1. 4 tablespoons Sriracha
  2. 1.5 tablespoons pure honey
  3. 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  4. 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Dry Rub

  1. 1 Maggi Chicken cube
  2. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  4. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Method

The first thing you have to do is separate the flats from the drumettes. I’ve done this by myself a couple of times but since I started buying chicken from Hubmart, if I ask nicely the butcher will cut the chicken to my specification. I don’t like those pesky little pointers so I also ask for those to be removed when they separate the wings for him. Save them though because they can be used to make stock.

Next, measure out all your dry rub spices and combine. Toss in a plastic bowl with the chicken. Please, always wash your hangs after coming into contact with raw meats especially poultry because of the risk of salmonella. Cover with cling film and place in the refrigerator to marinate for two hours. Be sure to come back and wipe the surface where you handled raw chicken, because like I said cross contamination is real and I try to be very careful about it.

Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius.

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Arrange your chicken wings on a flat baking tray with enough space between them and bake for 30-35 minutes turning once half way through.  At this point, your chicken wings are cooked through and we can apply the glaze.

Transfer your chicken wings to a large frying pan, wok, or cast iron skillet. Either works well. I use a large frying pan because I don’t have a cast iron skillet YET.

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Over high heat combine the glaze with the chicken wings and continuously turn the wings as the glaze begins to bubble. You can reduce the heat to medium when the glaze starts bubbling. Continue to toss the wings in the glaze until browned nicely (3 - 5 minutes).

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Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds a la #saltbae.

Wings N Sides: From Delivery-Only to Physical Location
 

FOLLY: In 2018, there's plenty work for Eat.Drink.Lagos sha. We've never had a list this long for pending reviews since 2015. 2016 and, especially, 2017 were so meh for restaurant openings. We're oh so excited for all the new cafe, shops and restaurants we have to check out in the coming months. 

Original Lemonade

Original Lemonade

NOSA: The industry is growing, innit?

FOLLY: We'd previously reviewed Wings 'N' Sides when it was still a delivery only service but now that they had a proper eat in space, we had to go back to get the real experience.

NOSA: Important because fresh wings taste infinitely better than delivered wings.

FOLLY: I didn't take any pictures of the space. Although small, the owner did it justice - it's super casual and is in line with their menu. 

NOSA: "Small" is generous.

Our spread

Our spread

FOLLY: I found it a bit frustrating that you needed to order at least the 18-piece wings to get two different flavors. With both the six-piece and twelve-piece portion, you were limited to just one.

NOSA: This thing really ticked me off because getting two different 6pc portions cost more than one 12pc portion

FOLLY: I'm sure there's a good reason for it in terms of the kitchen's operations, I just wish I could have had more flexibility.

NOSA: I think what makes it so annoying is that they have lots of flavours and you find yourself wanting to try all.

Lemon Pepper Jerk (L), Island Jerk (R)

Lemon Pepper Jerk (L), Island Jerk (R)

FOLLY: All my whining aside, there's a simple hack: order two six-piece portions and you have 12 wings in two flavors at an albeit slightly higher price. 

Lemon Pepper wings from Wingsville (another wing place) are my current obsession so I just had to give it a try at Wings N Sides too. I also wanted something a bit spicy so my second choice was the Island Jerk.

Lemon Pepper Wings

Lemon Pepper Wings

NOSA: The ones from Wingsville aren't bad, but they aren't as authentic as the Lemon Pepper wings from Wings N' Sides.

FOLLY: The lemon pepper did not disappoint me at all. I mean, look at it - all that fresh black pepper it has been tossed in. It wasn't as tangy as the Wingsville's version, so I suspect they don't toss it in fresh lemon juice and black pepper after it's been cooked, but it was still so good nonetheless.  

NOSA: They use a lemon pepper dry rub, I belive. The Lemon Pepper wings at Wingsville are battered wings, if I remember correctly.

Island Jerk

Island Jerk

FOLLY: The Island Jerk wasn't really what I was expecting it was more sweet and sour than spicy. It was almost like we got the wrong flavor. Separately, Wings N Sides is one of the few places in Lagos where you'd get blue cheese and ranch with your wings order. 

NOSA: The Island Jerk was actually my favorite of the pair. Not sure if it was because of the chicken itself or because of the bleu cheese. Either way, it worked for me.

I think my favorite thing about Wings N Sides is the actual quality of chicken used. In the past, I've complained about "Crossfit Chickens" served at Lagos establishments. Wings N Sides is a "No Crossfit Chicken Zone". If you have ever ordered chicken wings that you literally had to fight with to eat it, that's a Crossfit Chicken. The "flesh" is usually unbelievably tough and the bones might take your teeth out. With Crossfit Chickens, it almost like they go through the same Lagos struggles that you do.

Crunchy Chicken Burger

Crunchy Chicken Burger

NOSA: The highlight of our meal was the Crunchy Chicken Burger. Ordered it for science and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was. If you've ever had a "Hot n Spicy" at McDonald's, aka the best thing after the nuggets, the Crunchy Chicken Burger at Wings N Sides will be very familiar.

FOLLY: Aside: Wings N Sides has this fiery hot challenge thing. I would like to challenge some readers for our next EDL Taste Test. 

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Sitting at the restaurant didn't really add much to the meal so I'll be more likely to carry out from Wings N Sides when next I visit.

It's also really great for when you're inviting friends over, you can just order a bunch of wings in different flavors and scam your friends into thinking you're a domestic god or goddess. 

NOSA: The wings taste a lot better in the restaurant. Like, so much better. It'll be a damn shame if they don't get a bigger space in a couple of years because there's so much potential.

VERDICT

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DAMAGE

Lemonade - N500

Potato Salad - N500

Six-Piece Wings - N2000

Crunchy Chicken Burger - N1500

 

 

PARKING

This Lekki mall complex that Wings N Sides has really awkward parking.

Papa's Grill is a Needed Addition to Lekki's Evolving Restaurant Landscape

Papa's Grill

Plot 1 Adewale Oshin Street, Off Fola Osibo, Lekki One, Lagos

0806 037 6491

FOLLY: I understand that Nigeria is a very religious society but why don't more businesses open on Sundays?

NOSA: My boss usually talks about how businesses shape customer behavior. GTBank, for instance, tries to push their customers to online channels by offering limited service in branches. In the same way, Nigerian businesses probably want you to go to church by not opening early on Sundays or not opening at all.

FOLLY: I get that everybody needs days of rest but that's exactly the point why restaurants tend to take Monday off. 

NOSA: Or maybe the owners are churchgoers.

FOLLY: I have no data to back this up but for N250,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, I'd definitely answer that restaurants make highest sales on weekend days as opposed to weekdays. If that is true, it would then make little to no sense not to open on a Sunday. Except, of course, you're a deeply religious business owner like Chick Fil-A.

The purpose of this mini rant was to obviously let you know that the first time we tried to visit Papa's Grill on a Sunday we discovered that they were not open. 

NOSA: Predicatably, this was deeply upsetting.

FOLLY: I did the ordering and I was pretty disappointed by the lack of options. On the day, Papa's Grill was more a chicken wing shop than a grill place because almost all beef options were unavailable. 

NOSA: A nice looking wing shop, to be fair. I really really loved the set up at Papa's Grill. It's like food truck, but in a building. It doesn't look like a truck, don't get me wrong, but it has this food truck vibe. You'll understand when you pay a visit.

FOLLY: I ordered Chicken Bites, Sweet and Tangy Wings, Orijin BBQ Wings, Fried Plantain, and Papa's Gizdo. For the most part I was largely underwhelmed by Papa’s Grill and nothing really stood out on my taste buds. 

NOSA: Folly didn't get a picture of it, but the Crispy Bites are the closest thing you'll find to chicken nuggets in Lagos.

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FOLLY: The plantain in the Gizdo was pretty firm and the gizzard was tender. It tasted okay but not memorable, and so in one word: basic.

NOSA: I'm not the biggest gizdo fan in the world so my opinion shouldn't count for much. I'll go as far as saying plantain is a bit overrated.

Fried Yam > Fried Plantain.

What we really need is YamDo, but we'll get into that on another day.

FOLLY: YamDo sounds awful.

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FOLLY: Of the two wing styles, I preferred the sweet and tangy. The chicken wings weren't hard chicken but it could have been a little bit more tender. I didn’t notice it on the flats, but the drumettes were exhausting to eat and often times I gave up. 

NOSA: I preferred the Orijin BBQ wings. They had a more interesting flavor, if you ask me, and the whole idea of it is pretty genius. At a party some time ago, the guy working the grill made beer can chicken, but with Orijin. It's probably one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten in my life.

FOLLY: Yeah, that chicken was absolutely amazing. The Orijin BBQ at Papa's Grill, unfortunately, tasted nothing like that instance. 

NOSA: The Orijin BBQ wings brought back those fond memories. You might argue that they truly didn't have a more interesting flavor and I'm judging based on nostalgia. You might be right too, but either way, order these when you swing by Papa's Grill.

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FOLLY: The other times I’ve ordered plantain as a side they were cut in strips similar to yam fries and weren't oily.

NOSA: Error.

FOLLY: These were like plantains that you’d eat with jollof rice and two meat, and so a bit out of place if you’d ask me. 

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NOSA: On the whole, Papa's Grill is the grill version of Denzel Washington. Denzel s not going to give you any performances out of the ordinary, but within his range, he gets the job done.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: Overall, Papa’s Grill was good enough but it didn’t leave me with any strong feelings for or against it.

NOSA: Given the context of Lagos, this is a "LIKE". Sure, you might not leave with any strong feelings towards it, but you have to commend how "solid" it is. They don't get too adventurous with it, but they are adventurous enough. Folly is trippin'

FOLLY: FYI, it's a shack so it's a grab and go place for the most part. 

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Crispy Bites - N1000

Papa's Gizdo - N1500

Orijin BBQ Chicken Wings - N1500

Papa's 90 Sweet & Tangy - N2000

 

PARKING

Street Parking

Work Lunches: Wingsville

Wingsville

Hedges & Smith Plaza. Admiralty Way, Lekki One, Lagos

0815 972 7488

FOLLY: Don't be fooled by that address and think this is a restaurant. That address you see above is not a physical location where you can sit in, it's more like going to buy suya and carrying your load to go. 

NOSA: Don't be like Nosa, basically.

FOLLY: First impressions, we originally tried to visit Wingsville on Sunday and discovered they weren't open. So don't try to go on Sunday.

NOSA: Don't be like Nosa, again

FOLLY: It's actually best if you order between 12 pm and 2 pm on a weekday because you get their lunch time special of 8 wings and a side for N2000.

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FOLLY: I really liked this place. I prefer their wings to both Wings N Sides and Wild Wings Xpress

NOSA: Maybe Wild Wings Xpress, but definitely not Wings N Sides. She's the queen abeg.

FOLLY: Unlike Nosa, I drove over there to get my wings and my order was ready in exactly 7 minutes. 

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FOLLY: The sweet potato fries is one of the better ones I've been served in Lagos. For some reason, sweet potato fries usually end up tasting like yam at most Lagos restaurants. Thankfully, not these.

NOSA: I let mine sit for hours until they were super soggy because I'm the king of terrible decisions.

FOLLY: What I liked about them was that even though the exterior was firm, the inside was still soft. 

NOSA: They had this really interesting spice on them. I might have to order again to figure it out.

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FOLLY: I ordered the Suya wings and the BBQ wings. The suya wings brought ALL the heat, I was sweating while eating these. Suffice to say that these are original and not counterfeit at all. 

NOSA: I got the Lemon Pepper and the Buffalo. The Buffalo wings were alright, but they didn't blow me away or anything.

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FOLLY: Sadly, the BBQ wings since they were packed alongside the suya wings and so absorbed some of that heat (seriously that's how HOT they were). What really struck me about Wingsville, is that the flavor of the wings literally permeated to the bone and even the bone was tender.

NOSA: Which is great if you didn't order the underwhelming lemon pepper wings like I did.

FOLLY: These also chickens weren't muscular at all, the meat was incredibly soft. 

NOSA: I'll give them credit. These weren't Crossfit Chickens unlike 90% of places you get wings at in Lagos.

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NOSA: The wings felt really tiny, to me or maybe I'm being greedy.

FOLLY: To be very honest, I don't like buying chicken wings because since I make chicken wings often, I know that a pack of 20ish wings is N1750 or less at most supermarkets. So I always feel somehow when I'm handing over N2k for 8 - 10 wings at restaurants and places like Wingsville.

NOSA: Chicken wings in Lagos are lowkey a scam.

FOLLY: That said, I think Wingsville wings were very worth it and while I may not be a frequent buyer because of my "chicken wings principle", I'd say to anyone who doesn't share my "principles" to definitely try out Wingsville. Just assume you're paying them to "prepare" the wings.

In fact, please ignore my principles.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: A resounding YES from me. 

NOSA: More of a meh from me.

FOLLY: VETOED!

VERDICT

DAMAGE

Lunch Time Special - N2000

 

PARKING

Yes

Delivery - 700 (Victoria Island)

BBQ & Cravings Revamped Their Menu

BBQ & Cravings

Beside Heroes Furniture. Off Sabitex Hotel Road. Lekki, Lagos.

0814 000 1002

NOSA: It's taken me forever to type this post because I'm still trying to recover from the election result. 

Oh, well. Stick to food, Nosa.

FOLLY: 5 stages on gried? I haven't yet gotten to acceptance. Anyways, I'll leave the election analysis and stick to food. About a week and a half ago, BBQ & Cravings announced on Instagram that they were about to an entirely new menu. Nosa and I were pretty excited about it, so over the weekend we went to check it out.

NOSA: They put up teasers on their instagram leading up to it so I was pretty pumped

FOLLY: Our first discovery was that it wasn't an entire menu overhaul but it seemed to be specific to just the burger and the same meats (ribs, chicken, sausages) were still there. 

NOSA: What a disappointment. A bit like the silent Trump vote.

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FOLLY: I was a bit let down when our order came and there was nothing really different between the ribs and the chicken wings from my previous visit. We had their pork ribs a couple months ago and they tasted exactly the same. There’s a certain hardness that's almost like they were fried (I strongly doubt they are) and I don't like it.The chicken wings were definitely also having an off day, incredibly dry and again tasted like they were deep fried. Also, the skinniness if the wings. What’s up with that?

NOSA: I'd rather not talk about the wings. 

FOLLY: Anyway, the most obvious new things that you'll notice on the BBQ & Cravings menu are the sides.

NOSA: The new sides were a disaster for me. Maybe the corn on the cob and the toast had redeeming qualities.

FOLLY: Unlike Nosa, I didn’t think these were all bad. 

NOSA: Well, we can start with the fact that the potato salad was something, but definitely not potato salad. Potato salad shouldn't taste like the stick those assholes gave to Jesus when he asked for water on the cross. The potato salad was ridiculously, for lack of a better word, tart. 

FOLLY: Man you're harsh, but I'm going to blame it on DJT. I’m not a major potato salad connoisseur like Nosa is, so this tasted okay to me. On the coleslaw, I've had it previously and it's been much better so maybe the chef wasn’t in the mood on the day we visited.

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FOLLY: The big let down for me was the beans, I had something similar at Denise Renee and it was so good. Sadly, these reminded me of, and tasted exactly like that sauce that came with the chicken wings at Bar Bar.  

NOSA: Oh God, I hated those too. I was expecting BBQ beans like at Denise Renee and the ugh-ness of them surprised me. 

Maybe, it's me and not BBQ & Cravings. I have never been impressed by their actual BBQ. Maybe I'm a BBQ snob, but it leave so much to be desired. The ribs for instance are so far from tender that it's near unforgivable. On further thought, I don't think I'm the target market. This is Nigerian-style BBQ at its finest and perhaps I need to simply respect it for what it is. 

What has impressed me, however, is the burger roster at BBQ & Cravings.

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FOLLY: The YOLO Burger completely blew me away. It had ham, salami, beef, prawn, and crab.

NOSA: I loved this one so much. Never thought I'd like a burger with prawn in it, but oh boy, I was so wrong.

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FOLLY: They didn't cut corners and each one of the meats and seafood came through  in the burger. I’m also really fond of the honey mustard-ish dressing that was used in this.

NOSA: That actually sealed it for me. The honey mustard was perfect for this. But then again, I love honey mustard so you might have to excuse me.

FOLLY: Overall, I’m a fan of the new burger.

 

POSTSCRIPT

FOLLY: A must visit for the new burgers. 

NOSA: Absolutely

VERDICT

DAMAGE

YOLO Burger - N4000

Cravings Sample Platter - N4000

 

 

PARKING

Street parking.