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    Mama Liu’s Chicken Wings {Guest Reader Post}

    I was over at one of my dear friends house a few weeks ago for lunch and she let me know that we were going to be having a special treat for lunch: BBQ chicken wings! As a foodie, naturally, I was super excited! When I finally was able to sink my teeth into these wings, I almost cried. It was one of those experiences where you wonder where that certain food and flavor combination have been your entire life! It was THAT good. With every bite, it just kept getting better and better. I won’t even tell you how many I ate that day, because that would be embarrassing, but let’s just say, there were no leftovers!

    Mama Liu's Chicken Wings

    When I asked my friend for the recipe, she let me know that these were actually another mutual friends famous chicken wings. I immediately contacted our friend and said “OMGosh…THOSE WINGS ARE AMAZING!” She laughed because I guess I’m not the first one to feel this way. And she agreed to share this life changing recipe on the blog, so you can all enjoy them too! 

    So first, let me introduce you to Genie.

    Genie Collage

    Isn’t she gorgeous?! Now let’s move on to the wings. Take it away, Genie.

    My all-time favourite food to eat and to make – chicken wings!

    I don’t have a name for this recipe, but since it has become quite popular amongst my group of momma friends, I shall call it Mama Liu’s Chicken Wings!

    The name is also fitting because my mom used to always make chicken wings for us when we were kids and it just brings back awesome memories. 

    Being Asian, like any other culture, there are ‘staple ingredients’ in the kitchen. Two main ones – soy sauce and sesame oil.  I remember my mom making chicken wings and vaguely remember what she used to marinate it to taste so delicious.  I decided one day I was going to re-create that flavour or at least something similar to it.  You might not believe it, but I came upon this Mama Liu recipe all by trial and error.  And if you really love chicken wings, you’ll want to try this!! 

    Mama Liu's Chicken Wings
    The most incredible chicken wing you will ever eat. Marinated in sesame oil and prepared on the grill, I guarantee you won't have any leftovers!
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    1. 1-2 lbs of chicken wings*
    2. Sesame Oil – enough to coat all chicken wings without too much excess
    3. 2 tbsp salt
    4. 1 tbsp pepper
    5. 2 tbsp garlic powder
    1. PREP: In a mixing bowl, place chicken wings and add salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix everything together well, making sure all the wings are covered in the spice as much as possible.
    2. Next, add sesame oil into the mix, mix well, again making sure every wing is coated well.
    3. MARINATE: Cover wings and place in refrigerator for 12-24 hours to marinate. The longer they have to marinate, the better! The wings will be bursting with flavor.
    4. BBQ: Now comes the cooking and this is the tricky part. The trick is to have the wings on the grill with the outer part of the wing facing up for the first 5-10 mins with the bbq lid on AND the heat set to MEDIUM (this will depend on how hot your BBQ is, so you will need to gauge this yourself).
    5. Around the 8-10 mins mark, open the BBQ and check on the wings, it should be time to flip them. The reason for place the wing so that the outer wing (crispy skin part) facing up for the first 5-10 mins, is so that it can cook through the thicker part of the wing first.
    6. After you have flipped them, turn the heat to low and time it to flip every 1-2 mins. The continual flipping ensures you’re still cooking the wing but not letting it sit too long on one side to have it burn. (I’ve had many, many burnt-to-the-point-of-no-return batches of wings and it is AWFUL to see it go to waste)
    7. Continue flipping the wings for roughly 15 minutes longer, making sure to keep a close eye on them so they do not burn.
    8. Once ready, remove from grill and enjoy right away!
    1. *I’m a chicken wing snob, and I only buy the ‘wingette’ or the middle part of the wing. This can be found at TNT grocery store or any local Asian grocery stores. I have yet to find any Canadian grocery stores that only sells the middle part of the wing. However when I do, that will be an awesome day!!
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     Well there you have it. Arguably one of the greatest chicken wings I have EVER HAD! Thank you so much Genie for sharing this with all of us! With BBQ season in full swing, why not pick up a pack of wings today and plan to make them this week. You will NOT be disappointed!

    Love & Blessings,




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  • Reply lisa June 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    OOOOh my gosh these look amazing! I am a huge wing-fanatic and I need to add this recipe to my book!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Awesome! Let me know how they measure up Lisa! xox

  • Reply Brittany Bergman June 29, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I love chicken wings for a healthy “treat” meal, and these sound delicious! I can’t wait to make them this summer.

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      Let me know how you like them Brittany! xox

  • Reply jessica June 30, 2015 at 1:22 am

    This looks so good. My kids love chicken so I know this would be a hit and good switch up to my normal chicken routine.

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      My kids inhaled these! A definite winner! xox

  • Reply LiNdsay June 30, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I don’t eat wings often because I’m a putz and they’re messy but I do enjoy them from time to time. They look yumm!!

    Is sesame oil tasteless, much like avocado oil?

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      No no no…quite the opposite in fact! It has almost a nutty flavor to it and that’s what make these wings SO delicious!! Give them a try! xox

  • Reply Annie @ Annie's Noms June 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

    These look great!! I’m marrying a Chinese man and he totally spoils me with all the Asian inspired food, it has to be my favourite cuisine, must try these wings!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Amazing! Definitely give these a try and let me know how they turn out! xox

  • Reply Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod June 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    These wings sound amazingly delicious. Can’t wait to make this for the holiday weekend!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Let me know how you like them Vicki! xox

  • Reply Justine Y @ Little Dove Creations June 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    So… I keep seeing all these food posts and it is not helping my “I-can’t-eat-today-because-I’m-fasting” situation…
    This looks absolutely incredible! Thank you so much for tracking this recipe down and to Genie for sharing!! 🙂

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      Awesome! And sorry for not helping your fasting situation! Hope you can eat now Justine! xox

  • Reply Cynthia @craftoflaughter June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them out

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! Let me know how you like them! xox

  • Reply Jacynta June 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    UMMM breaking my diet and I need to get rory to make these. they look so good!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      It’s worth it girl, trust me! xox

  • Reply Dayne June 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    This is IDEAL for the 4th coming up! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  • Reply Shann Eva June 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    These look great for summer parties and cookouts. Thank you for sharing Genie and her recipe!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      My pleasure! And yes, fire up the grill! Love summer time! xox

  • Reply Brittany @ The Ashmore's June 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    This looks sooooo good! I need more recipes in my life! Haha!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Let me know how you like it Brittany! xox

  • Reply Caitlin June 30, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE CHICKEN WINGS!! That looks like a simple, but delicious, recipe. Perfect for BBQ season!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Right?! You will love these, I guarantee! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Katie @ Doing Dewey June 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    These sound awesome and I love the idea of chicken wings with flavors based on your cultural heritage. Pretty cool!

    • Reply Christine June 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Right?! Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Brea June 30, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I’m officially starving after reading this recipe, and I also know what I’m going to make for the 4th! Thanks for posting this!

  • Reply Sydney @Tastefully Frugal July 1, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Oh my yum! These look and sound delicious! I will definitely be making these soon!!

    • Reply Christine July 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

      SO GOOD! Let me know how you like them Sydney! xox

  • Reply Cat @ Pocketful of Posies July 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I love chicken wings and these look delicious! After our recent move to Texas we’ve had a hard time fining a great wing place so we’ve started making our own at home. Its fun to experiment with different flavor combinations! This one is definitely going to be our next try! Thanks!


    • Reply Christine July 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Awesome! Let me know how they turn out for you Cat! xox

  • Reply Kathy July 1, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    SHE NAILED DOWN A RECIPE! secret’s out! How generous of her to share this recipe. These wings have brought much joy to family and friends that I have made them for.

    • Reply Christine July 2, 2015 at 9:26 am

      SO generous, right!? Thank you for introducing them to me, my dear! xox

  • Reply Heather Serra July 2, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Love me some chicken wings! I must try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

      My pleasure Heather! Enjoy! xox

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