Published Friday, February 19, 2021
Spicy sweet chicken wings
By Melissa Pette
Everyday we hear from more expats choosing to live the Pura Vida lifestyle. For those who are reading this column from outside of Costa Rica, (Especially readers in Canada, the United States or Great Britain) and are wondering, "What are the motivations for retirement in this small country?" Well, I think our new friend Susan Darnell has the answer.
As a teacher at Seattle Public School in the State of Washington, she left several decades ago in exchange for the more friendly "people and weather" in Puerto Viejo, Limón.
"I have now new experiences with healthy aging, my new life provides physical, cognitive, and social benefits," Susan tells us. "You can fulfill your dreams to travel anywhere, pick up a new sport or enjoy a hobby."
According to Susan, another advantage of living in Costa Rica is the lower cost of living. "It's possible to retire comfortably for a fraction of the cost of staying in the U.S. I don't worry about Social Security, though, that follows you almost anywhere. Same with Civil Service benefits."
In addition to giving us those important tips, Susan shares with us her tasty recipe for Spicy Sweet Chicken Wings.
Enjoy these spicy and sweet flavored sauces tossed with crispy chicken wings. These are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! And it is worth trying. This is ideal to make a quick meal at home while enjoying some tv sport games with our social bubble.
Spicy Sweet Chicken Wings
By Susan Darnell
From King County, State of Washington, US
Living in Puerto Viejo, Limón
Ingredients for 6 people:
• 1 kilo of chicken wings.
• 2 tablespoons of oil of your choice.
• 2 teaspoons of pepper powder or 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
• 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
• 1 cup of orange juice.
• 1 tablespoons of minced garlic.
• 1 tablespoons of orange zest.
• 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar.
• 1/2 tablespoons of soy sauce.
• 3 tablespoons of honey.
• 1/4 cup of water.
For Garnishing use sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.
Chicken wings first. Clean the chicken wings and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
In a mixing bowl, toss chicken wings with oil, salt, pepper and half the chili powder. Sprinkle some flour on the chicken wings and coat them well.
Arrange the wings evenly on a tray with some space between them. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 to 40 minutes in a pre-heated oven.
You can also deep fry the chicken wings instead of baking them.
The sauce. In a pan, add orange juice, chopped garlic, orange zest, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, chili, and 1/2 tablespoon of flour in 1/4 cup of water.
Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and let it simmer, stirring often occasionally, until glossy and thickened.
Once the wings are done, toss them in the orange sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.
You can serve it with white rice and a very cold beer. Ta-da dinner is ready!
Melissa note: I want to thank the people who have taken the time to write. Especially those who have shared their recipes and stories with all of us, the A.M. Costa Rica readers, we all are amateur-chefs who love cooking.
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