Halloween Bat Wings for Dinner

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Looking for a quick and easy meal to surprise your family with this Halloween? Get inspiration from the witches in William Shakespeare’s MacBeth by repeating, “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Continue by saying something like “Eye of newt, and wing of bat . . .” as you place your Bat Wings on the table. (And don’t forget to cackle ………)

I don’t think you family would really enjoy real Bat Wings, but you can create a pretty good fake Bat Wing by using chicken wings! You can make this appetizer as tame or as creepy as you desire! Just use your imagination to keep adding the spookiness :)

Mess Warning: If you use the food coloring, they will be very messy …… if you leave it out, the wings won’t be as black … but neither will your family’s mouths and fingers.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

You will need the following ingredients:

  •  1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup black bean sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black gel food coloring (optional)
  • 20 whole chicken wings with the tips intact

Whisk to combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Separate 1/3 of the sauce mixture and set it aside.

Put all of the chicken wings into a large (at least gallon size or larger) plastic zip top bag. Pour in the remaining soy sauce mixture and then ensure the bag is properly sealed. Massage the wings, turning the bag over and over, until the wings are thoroughly coated. Place the bag in the refrigerator and allow the meat to marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. While you’re awake, turn and massage the chicken wings every 30 minutes to ensure the sauce coats the wings.

When you are ready to prepare the wings, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. To make clean up easier, place either parchment paper or aluminum foil on the baking sheet.

Take the wings out of the marinade and shake off any excess liquid. Throw the marinade away; this is NOT the time to reuse and recycle. Extend and lay the chicken wings on the lined baking sheet.

Bake the wings for 20 to 25 minutes or until the juices run clear when pricked with a fork. Use the soy sauce mixture you reserved to brush on the wings every 10 minutes. Take the wings out of the oven and use the remaining mixture to give the wings a final brush. Move them from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool slightly. Arrange wings in bat formation, serve and enjoy your Halloween!