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Chipotle Wings with Avocado Crema

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  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 lbs. chicken wings, separated into 2 pieces
  • 4 TBS unsalted butter
  • 3 canned chipotles in adobo and 1 tbsp. adobo sauce, puréed
  • 2 TBS fresh lime juice
  • Avocado crema, for serving - recipe follows


Heat oven to 200 degrees. Pour oil into a 6-qt. Dutch oven to a depth of 2″ and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 400 degrees. Working in two batches, add chicken wings to oil and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp, 10–12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer wings to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to oven.

Meanwhile, put butter and chipotles into a medium heat-proof bowl. Set bowl over a pot of boiling water until butter is melted and chipotles are hot, whisking to combine. Transfer chicken wings to the bowl, add lime juice, and toss to combine. Serve with avocado crema, if you like.


Avocado Crema:

1 cup sour cream or crema
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Purée sour cream and avocado until smooth, sprinkling in a little water to moisten mixture, if necessary. Season with salt and pepper and serve with chipotle wings.

Makes about 1 1/4 cups.


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