Grilled Chicken Wings – Why Didn’t I Think of That?

My boyfriend calls me every night when he’s leaving work to discuss dinner plans and whether he should pick up anything from the store. This may be mundane and commonplace, but I find it delightful. It’s the same as having that special person call to say I love you. This time, he suggested we go out to a local wings place. While I appreciated he wanted to go on a date, the most appealing thing to me was staying home together and I told him so. He opted to pick up wings from the store and surprised me with the notion of grilling the wings.

Grilled chicken wings and veggie sides.
Grilled chicken wings and veggie sides.

He walked in with chicken wings, a couple of ears of corn, potatoes and celery. He also suggested we make baked “fries” and I noted we had sweet potatoes on hand too. While he prepped the chicken, I cut up the potatoes and preheated the oven to 450. Actually, we have a convection option on the oven which dropped it to 425 degrees and cooked the potatoes in about 30 rather than 45 minutes. I tossed them potato wedges in a bowl with olive oil, pink salt, Maple sugar garlic pepper (yes, you read that right) and a little Cajun seasoning.

Baked sweet potato and Yukon potato
Baked sweet potato and Yukon potato

Then I washed and cut up the celery into spears. Meanwhile, Byron did the chicken grilling magic. I poured the Greek yogurt blue cheese dressing into a bowl and he presented two different Buffalo sauces at the table. Here is the revelation: grilled chicken wings are so much better than fried or baked wings. The skin gets crispy without added fat. The grill adds a light char. And they are fully cooked while still juicy. Rock on! Why haven’t we always done it this way. Why didn’t I think of that? Best of all, it wasn’t guilt inducing! The moral of the story is: be open minded about dinner and do something different at home.

The Sage Leopard