It’s very common in the Netherlands to put a bowl of peanut sauce on the table at every barbecue party. We’ve got several brands that make excellent peanut sauce. But you can easily make peanut sauce yourself from peanut butter.
But did you know that you can also make a good marinade with the same peanut butter? We have tried it and will certainly do it again.
The peanut butter marinade is a thinner version of the peanut sauce with a little more salt. We sprinkle that salt directly on the chicken so that we can use half of the marinade as a peanut sauce. Chicken wings generally only take a few hours to marinate. You can do this early in the afternoon, and then you can have everything ready for dinner.
You can also put them in the marinade overnight. That only makes them better.
Preparing chicken wings is really easy. All you have to do is warm up the wings slowly. This way, the fat melts, and the connective tissue is given time to be converted into gelatin. This way, you get wonderfully tender chicken wings from which you can pull the meat off the bones.
So make sure you have a low temperature of about 150°C (302F) in your gas grill. Then place the wings above the burners on the lowest setting. If you do not yet reach the desired temperature in the grill, then open the burner where you have no wings lying further open.
You leave the wings lying like this for an hour. Halfway through, you switch them because the wings will cook a little faster closer to the open burner. It doesn’t hurt to flip them also.
But then you want a dry and crispy skin for that soft meat. That is the last step of the cook. Turn two burners fully open and one closed. This way, you have two zones where you can grill the wings over direct heat and where you can bring them to safety when they are ready.
These are our peanut butter marinated chicken wings. They are very tender and have a nice thick layer of crunchy peanut butter on the outside. If you are going to make it, let us know in the comments below. Or better! Take a photo and post it on Instagram. Tag @bbq.heroes so we can see what you made.
- 2 kilos chicken wings
- 1 tbsp coarse sea salt
For the marinade
- 350 grams of peanut butter
- 50 ml vegetable oil
- 50 ml sweet soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 cloves garlic pressed
- ½ tsp salt
- juice of 1 lemon
- Sprinkle the chicken wings with the sea salt and let them brine for an hour in the fridge
- Meanwhile, mix everything for the marinade.
- Place the chicken wings in the marinade and toss them around
- Let this all sit in the fridge overnight.
- Prepare a barbecue with indirect heat of 150°C (302F).
- Place the chicken wings on the indirect side and close the lid. Let them sit for 45 minutes to an hour.
- When the chicken wings have a core temperature of about 75°C (167F), grill them over direct heat.