As we are all home more in the midst of social-distancing, I know that we are looking for recipes that are quick, easy, and filling for our families. In this very strange, unfamiliar time, I am finding myself longing for the familiar. The comfortable. The beloved. And that to me – and to many Kentuckians – is Ale-8-One.
I love cooking with Ale-8-One because it adds the perfect ginger flavor profile to a plethora of dishes; in using it, I am uplifting a Kentucky tradition and supporting a family-owned business in the meantime. Sounds like a win-win in my book, y’all.
A couple months ago, I did a TV segment on Great Day Live demonstrating how to make these Ale-8-One Asian-Glazed Wings; I realized a few weeks ago that I never showed y’all how to make them here on the blog. So, here y’all go!
However, here’s an added bonus: in the spirit of pivoting, I also recorded a YouTube video of myself preparing the wings in my kitchen. I’d love to know what y’all think — video is new for me, but I’d love to continue making cooking videos if y’all would like to watch!
Ale-8-One Asian-Glazed Wings
18 Chicken Wings
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
3/4 c. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
1/3 c. Ale-8-One
1/4 c. Honey
4 tbsp. Brown Sugar
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1.25 tbsp. Corn Starch
1 tbsp. Sesame Oil
2 tsp. Hoisin
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- In a bowl, coat chicken wings with EVOO and liberally season with salt and pepper.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; place chicken wings on the baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes.
- While the chicken wings are baking, combine soy sauce, Ale-8-One, honey, brown sugar, lemon juice, sesame oil, hoisin, and garlic powder in a saucepan. Over low-medium heat, whisk until all ingredients are uniformly combined.
- In a small bowl, mix the corn starch with equal parts water. After combined, add to the saucepan and whisk. This will serve as a thickening agent for the glaze. I often turn my heat to medium for this.
- Remove chicken wings from the oven. If there is excess oil on the aluminum foil, remove wings from previous foil and replace with a new sheet.
- Liberally coat each wing with the Ale-8-One glaze.
- Return wings to oven and allow to cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Easy and so, so delicious, y’all. You’ll love the pairing of the ginger from the Ale-8-One with the Asian flavors! The best part? This glaze can be repurposed on a multitude of proteins, not just chicken wings. I also like to make a little extra and serve it on the side as a dipping sauce. Now that’s decadent!
While we are creating new norms at this time, I’m thankful for tried-and-true, steadfast traditions. One of mine just so happens to be in the form of a soda in a green bottle, which has been in production in Winchester (Clark County) since 1926.
I’m proud to be a Kentuckian – today and each day.
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling (Post-quarantine – please practice social distancing), Happy Living.
Y’all come back now ya hear?
FTC: This post was kindly sponsored by Ale-8-One; all opinions expressed, however, are my own.