Several months ago I had dinner at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and I had the pleasure of eating their Sriracha lime duck wings as an appetizer. These duck wings were by far the best thing I have ever eaten at a theme park, and one of the best things I had tasted in recent memory. The cost of the duck wings were pretty reasonable (around $12 if I remember correctly), but the entrees are pretty expensive, so a trip back is not on the horizon at the moment. I suppose one could just make a reservation and order the duck wings, drink water and eat their free bread. It’s not like they are going to throw us out on the Disneyland streets. To avoid that whole scenario I decided to re-create this recipe at home using the much more available chicken wing in lieu of duck. The waitress at Carthay Circle told me they marinade the duck wings in a melted-butter based mixture, but I have skipped that step. I made these using the buffalo style “party wings” for our Super Bowl party, but you could easily use chicken drumsticks and/or wings. I previously tried to make the sauce using a food processor but it was a huge mess to clean up. I used my immersion blender this time and it was much easier. I have to say these come pretty close to the real thing, but I still recommend eating at Carthay Circle if you have the chance.
Preheat oven to 350F
2 1/2 – 3 lbs. chicken “party wings”
Salt & pepper, to taste
10-12 coriander seeds
1/2 cup Sriracha hot sauce (or to taste)
Juice of 2 1/2 fresh limes, plus 1/2 lime for garnish
3 Tbsp. cilantro, roughly chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 Tbsp. garlic chili sauce
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and arrange the chicken wings skin side up and season with salt and pepper.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
- In the meantime, combine the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste to check for seasoning.
- Toss the cooked wings with the sauce and serve with lime wedges.
I kept these warm during the party by using the “keep warm” setting on my slow cooker and this made them taste even better. This makes a lot of sauce so you can use it for other things if you want.
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