Monday, May 18, 2009

Fried Chicken Wings (Tavuk Kanat Kızartması)

As we all know, fried foods are always delicious, but not very healthy as fried foods contain excessive oil. As a substitute, I have turned to broiling foods that are conventionally fried. I seldom fry anything as I try to minimize the oil intake into our bodies. In fact, for the longest time, I turned away from frying completely as I was probably influenced by my uncle who to my knowledge has never ever fried anything.

In the past couple years, I realized that I was longing for some of the traditional foods that I grew up with (such as İçli Köfte and Fried Potatoes) that taste best when fried. Now, once in a blue moon, I do fry either potatoes or chicken and of course İçli Köfte.

One day, I felt like having some comfort food and decided to allow us to eat something unhealthy (chicken wings)! The oil I used is incomparable to what most restaurants use. In my house, canola or olive oil is used for frying and for regular cooking only olive oil is used. The chicken wings used in this recipe are organic as I purchase organic poultry and meat. What I am trying to get to is that, these chicken wings are much healthier home made than buying them at a restaurant.

With a simple Mediterranean twist on the chicken wings, they had a great taste.

16 chicken wings
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup olive oil
3 tbsp parsley (chopped)
1 tsp red pepper flakes for garnishing
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt (adjust to your taste)

Heat the olive oil in a large pan.

In a medium sized bowl, place the eggs, paprika, black pepper and 2 tbsp of the chopped parsley. Mix vigorously until all ingredients are mixed together.

In a large plate or Pyrex dish spread the flour.

Salt the chicken wings. Dip them in the egg mixture, then immediately in the flour. Fry until golden brown. Garnish with the rest of the parsley and red pepper flakes and serve hot.

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Soma said...

Yes deep fried is not good.. but once in a blue moon i guess we can allow ourselves. the flavors sound delicious here. I use canola to deep fry, for it is said that the olive oil loses all its goodness when the temperature reaches as high a frying temperature. for daily cooking i mostly use olive.. sometimes canola.

My Turkish Kitchen said...

Ben de cok nadir kizartma yapiyorum seninkiyle ayni sebeplerle.
Tabi ki arada boyle istisnalar olabilir. Eline saglik, cok severim.

Anonymous said...

These chicken wings sound very tasty and definitely healthier homemade!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i absolutely love chicken wings fried - i had never eaten them before i made them myself, and i'm absolutely hooked on them. they probably are unhealthy, but as you said, it's ok if you make them yourself!

Nihal said...

I think it sounds delightful and easy to.
Sure I'm very impressed that you fry chicken wings at home but why eggs? Is it a Mediterranean way of cooking? Don't you think the wings will become heavier like icli kofte balls, lol:)

For the 1st time to hear such fried thing. Mutfaktan uzak yasadigim nasil da belli oluyor diimi;)

If there's change then I'm in. I'll be trying this new way. Tesekkurler for sharing & Happy Thursday:)

lisaiscooking said...

Your chicken wings looks delicious! The paprika and red pepper sound great too.

zerrin said...

I have the same concern with you about frying. Although I love fried potatoes, I hardly make it. But as long as it's a rare occasion, I agree with you, we should allow us to break our rules. And I can feel the appetizing smell coming from this fantastic chicken photo.
For içli köfte, I always prefer the boiled version instead of fried one. I think when it is fried, it becomes rather dry.

Sapuche said...

Your choice to broil foods that are conventionally fried is something I’m going to try in an attempt to be healthier. I’m amazed that your uncle never eats anything fried. He may just live forever! Also, the recipe you shared sounds great, and the photo looks delish!

Anonymous said...

Nihal,I totally agree with you on the frying thing..but I also absolutely agree with the notion that we should just go for what gives us pleasure every once and a while as this too maintains our health! :)

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Nihal, to answer your question, dipping chicken in eggs makes the chicken crispy. There are other alternatives such as milk. If you're frying, it'll be heavy anyway, that's why I do not recommend frying too much. So, in my opinion, the eggs won't add too much in terms of heaviness. I am really surprised you've never heard of this :) Many people here in the States fry chicken this way. The spices and parsley add a Mediterranean touch to it.

Sapuche, my uncle who is very health conscious does eat fried foods occasionally; however I've never seen him fry anything. It’s very difficult to avoid fried foods completely!

Desmone007 said...

It's been too long since I last visited your blog. But just my luck that your latest post just happens to be one of my favorite comfort foods! Thanks for the recipe. Looks delicious.

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

Hi Nihal, how hve u been long time no see :)

nice recipe ...yum!

Selba said...

This is a good alternative how to make fried chicken wings :)

Reeni♥ said...

These look great! I try not to fry too often either, but there are certain special things, like these chicken wings that are worth it.

Summer said...

such a tasty snack/appetizer!

Summer said...

such a tasty snack/appetizer!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

hi nihal - thanks for mentioning the stupidity of some people to pay for upscale grass. sometimes, i think we should all go back to living in the old world!

thenomadGourmand said...

chic wings! good comfort food!!
i think if the cook heats the oil up enough it wont be so oily..