Bourbon Chicken Wings

I first tried bourbon chicken wings a decade ago in South Carolina. Because of two contradicting stories, I’m unsure where the actual birth place of bourbon chicken marinade originated. First, I’ve heard bourbon in the U.S. is mainly manufactured in Kentucky. Second, I’ve also seen references online to Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. In my recipe, I used Maker’s Mark, but you can also try any other American whiskey available (Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace, Knob, McKenna, Wild Turkey, Woodford, etc.). Check out Wikipedia’s site for further more information on bourbon.

For best result, marinade the chicken wings in the refrigerator overnight or for a minimum of 2-3 hours.

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bourbon bbq chicken

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Thai Chili Paste (Namprik Pao)

My favorite go-to chili paste is loaded with flavor. It’s made with garlic, shallots, Thai dried chili peppers, tamarind, shrimp paste and palm sugar. A main staple in Southeast Asian households for generations, this chili paste is used in a variety of ways. It’s added to stir-fry, fried rice, tom yum (spicy, sweet and sour soups), and as a spicy vegetable dip. You can even use it as a spicy spread for sandwiches – try it!

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Ingredients for Thai Chili Paste (left to right: palm sugar, garlic, shallot and dried chili peppers in front)
Ingredients for Thai Chili Paste (left to right: palm sugar, garlic, shallot and dried chili peppers in front)

Thai Chili Paste
Thai Chili Paste

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Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings (marinated in sake)

This marinade is one of the top requested recipes from family and friends. Its layers of flavors include garlic, coriander, ginger, honey, chili peppers and a slight hint of sake. If you’re out of chicken, you can substitute it with pork, beef ribs, chuck, flank, or ribeye steak. For best result, I would recommend marinading the chicken wings in the refrigerator overnight. The marinade will have time to penetrate the meat giving it more flavor. If time is of the essence, marinade for a minimum of 2-3 hours.

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Spicy BBQ Chicken Wings (marinated in sake)

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Thai Chicken Salad – Laap Gai

This spicy chicken salad, also known as Laap Gai, is made with lime, chilies, fresh herbs, vegetables, and roasted ground rice. Traditionally prepared with minced chicken, my take on this classic dish is made with long bite-size chicken strips. The longer strips allow you to easily grasp the chicken with chopsticks or a fork. Serve with rice and a side of fresh herbs and vegetables.

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ingredients for Thai chicken salad
Ingredients for Thai chicken salad – Laap Gai

Thai Chicken Salad

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Thai Green Curry

Unlike Massaman curry, green curry is made with fresh chili peppers and herbs instead of being roasted. Herbs give green curry a light and slightly sweeter flavor. This recipe is made with lean pork and Thai eggplant, but you can substitute pork with beef, chicken or tofu. Green curry goes well with basmati rice or roti.

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ingredients for Thai Green Curry
Fresh ingredients used for green curry.

Thai Green Curry

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Shark Brand Sriracha Chili Sauce

shark brand sriracha chili sauce

Sriracha, let’s discuss one of our favorite hot sauces. Sriracha is, fair to say, the most popular Asian chili sauce. How much do you know about the origins of this sauce? Depending on which brand and what the manufacturer stamps on the bottle, Sriracha could be made in Vietnam, China, or the U.S. Let’s try a seaside town called Sri Racha on the east coast of Thailand – the origin of Sriacha chili sauce. If you were to ask me, my favorite is the Shark Brand of Sriracha made in Thailand. In my opinion, Shark Brand has the perfect balance of hot and sour with a hint of sweetness.

I recommend you give this brand a try. Make sure you read the label to determine medium heat or hot. You can purchase the Shark Brand at many of the Asian markets. To purchase the Sriracha chili sauce online – check amazon.com!