Smoked Texan chicken wings

Great for lunch, a barbecue or picnic, these wings have a hint of chilli but are warmly smoky rather than a flaming firecracker. Chicken wings consisting of just the wing joint without the tip are best for this dish. You’ll need to marinate this dish for at least 2 hours before cooking.

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  1. Put the chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Put the remaining ingredients in another bowl and mix.

  2. Pour the marinade over the chicken and toss to coat. Cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  3. When you are ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7 or heat up the barbecue. If you are using a barbecue, allow the flames to flare up and die down until the coals are just glowing before you start to cook the chicken.

  4. If cooking in the oven, transfer the chicken and marinade to a roasting tin in a single layer. Roast or barbecue for about 30 minutes, turning once halfway through, or until cooked through and a deep golden-brown.

  5. Serve hot or cold with salad and coleslaw.

Recipe Tips

If bought fresh, the chicken wings can be left to marinate, covered and chilled in the fridge, up to a day ahead.

Once marinated, the chicken wings can be covered and frozen. Simply defrost in the fridge before roasting.

Marinating the chicken wings gives depth of flavour and prevents them from drying out. You could use a resealable freezer bag instead of a bowl, if you prefer.