Okay, one last vegan wing recipe and it is
Vegan Asian Zing Wings with Match Chicken
Yes, I am following a theme of veganizing Buffalo Wild Wings recipes with the frying instructions for Match Chicken. No, I’m not sorry because BWW makes AWESOME wings. However, today I finally get to feel useful since there is a good chance the Asian Zing sauce isn’t vegan right off the bat. So, I’m going to veganize it.
See, the Asian Zing sauce uses chili-garlic sauce, which you could kind of call Asian ketchup and not be too far off the bat. I’m pretty sure that the sugar they use when making the sauce was processed using animal bones and therefore, should not be considered vegan. The good news is that it won’t be too hard to make our own chili-garlic sauce knock off.
Oh, and as a word to the wise, one of the commenters on the recipe was complaining that the wings were too hot. I think that’s because she used the wrong type of chili-garlic sauce. As near as I can tell, there are two types of chili-garlic sauce. One basically looks like runny jelly with little red flakes. That’s what you want to use. The other stuff is thick and red and looks like tomato sauce. That stuff is HOT and would kill you in this recipe. (I think that’s Sichuan chili-garlic sauce, actually.)
Vegan Asian Zing Wings Recipe
Okay, so here is where I got the recipe. Good ol’ RecipeZaar. Actually, I am not the world’s biggest fan of the site, but I think this is a repost of another site’s recipe which is then a repost of BWW’s recipe. So it gets a pass.
Also, I think the Asian Zing wings are fairly non-Zingy (then again, I eat Blazings like candy. So who am I to judge?) Anyway, I like to add cayenne to the recipe. Also, if you are not vegan/vegetarian, some sriracha would also work.
You will need:
For the sauce:
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 4-6 Chilis, preferrably Thai or Chinese chilies
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
For the “wings”
- Match chicken
- Salt and pepper
- Oil for frying
To substitue for the chili-garlic sauce, we’re going to make a spicy simple syrup. In a sauce pan, pour in the sugar, water, and chilies. Bring to a boil and then set aside. Once it cools, the sauce should be nice and thick.
Next, mix 1/4 of a cup of the chili syrup in with all the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Set aside.
Thaw the Match chicken and form into 1 inch squares. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Fry in 350 degree oil or over medium-high heat.
Put the sauce in a plastic container with a lid, put in some wings, shake very well.