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A Kinder, Gentler “Hot Wing” for the Super Bowl

Posted Feb 02 2009 11:11pm

My son and his girlfriend are coming to have supper with us and watch the Super Bowl game this Sunday.  It will be the first time he’s brought her to our home, so I wanted to make sure we were having food that she would enjoy.  My husband was all excited about cooking hot wings on the grill.  But my son said his girlfriend didn’t like eating any meat that had bones in it, so she probably wouldn’t eat the wings.  My husband said she could eat the chili then.  But I reasoned with him that we could enjoy the same flavors if we just made “hot chicken tenders” instead of the wings.  At first, he didn’t want to, but when I described the following recipe (which is exactly the recipe we always use without the wings) he said that he thought that might be interesting, and he’d go for it.  I also thought it would be much more figure friendly, and both of us could use that!


2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken tenders

Seasoned salt

1 bottle of barbecue sauce of your choice (we like hickory smoke Hunts brand)

1 bottle of hot wing sauce of your own (we like Texas Pete brand)


wooden skewers

Soak the wooden skewers in water for at least an hour to prevent them burning on the grill.  Wash the chicken tenders and pat dry with paper towels.  Place the tenders between sheets of plastic wrap and pound them until they’re thin.  Sprinkle the flattened tenders with seasoned salt to taste.  Thread the chicken on the wooden skewers.  Grill the chicken on a hot grill.  The chicken will cook very quickly, so about three to five minutes on each side will be all it takes.  Arrange the cooked chicken skewers on a large platter.  In a mixing bowl, mix about half the bottle of barbeque sauce with half of the hot wing sauce.  Add in about a half cup of the molasses.  The thickness of the molasses helps the sauce stick to the chicken and also adds a nice sweet touch to the hot tangy sauce.  Pour the mixed sauce slowly over the chicken skewers.  Turn the chicken over and rearrange to make sure all the skewers are covered well with the sauce.  Serve the chicken skewers with blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, and a platter of celery and carrot sticks.

Eat well and enjoy the taste of hot wings without the fat and calories!

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