Neil Perry's fried chicken wings with garlic and rosemary.
Neil Perry's fried chicken wings with garlic and rosemary. Photo: William Meppem

I prefer the succulent wings for the chicken dish, but you can use legs or breasts if you prefer. Braised pork belly, cooled and cut into chunks, or butterflied quails are ideal alternatives to chicken. For an even spicier flavour hit, serve the chicken wings with chilli sauce.

Spicy egg-fried chicken wings

16 chicken wings

8 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp dried rosemary, crushed

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour

1 tbsp sea salt

1 tbsp cayenne pepper

3 large eggs

vegetable oil, for frying

fresh lime and aioli, to serve

Serves 4

Wash the wings and pat them dry with paper towel. Keeping the tips of the wings intact, cut the wings at the joint to separate into two.

Combine the garlic and rosemary in a bowl. Add the chicken and rub the meat with the mix.

Spread the flour on a tray and season with salt and cayenne pepper. Beat the eggs in a bowl next to the tray.

Pour the oil to a depth of about 3cm in a large, heavy-based saucepan and warm over a medium heat until a thermometer measures 180°C. Hold the oil at this temperature.

Lightly coat each piece of wing in the flour. Dip the wing piece into the beaten egg to coat, then coat lightly in the flour again.

Quickly but carefully place the chicken wings into the hot oil, piece by piece. Do not overcrowd the pan or they will not cook evenly. Fry until golden and thoroughly cooked - about 10 minutes for each piece. Remove and drain on paper towel. Turn each wing over on the paper to remove excess oil.

When all the chicken is cooked, sprinkle with salt and pile on a plate.

Serve with lime wedges and aioli.

 

ALT

Sauteed pork and white beans

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 brown onion, finely chopped

3 Italian pork and fennel sausages, casings removed

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tbsp tomato paste

3 sage leaves, chopped

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/2 tsp sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

1 tin of cannellini beans, rinsed

chopped parsley, whole basil leaves and freshly grated parmesan, to serve

Serves 4

Warm the olive oil in a pan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently until totally softened, but not browned - about 5 minutes.

Add the sausage meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally - about 5-10 minutes.

Add the tomato paste, sage and chicken stock. Season to taste and bring to the boil.

Add the beans, bring to the boil again, then reduce to a simmer. Partially cover and cook gently for 10-15 minutes.

Divide the mix between 4 plates. Sprinkle each with parsley, basil and parmesan. Serve with fresh crusty bread.

 

HOT TIP

• Any variety of tinned beans can be used for the pork dish. Chickpeas also work well.

 

SOMETHING TO DRINK 

Gruner veltliner
Austria's most widely planted grape variety, grüner veltliner is very versatile, suitable for a range of foods. The 2011 Nigl Gartling (about $33) is from Austria's Kremstal region. With floral, citrus and white pepper spice notes, it's light and fresh, with a long dry finish.

 

Photography by William Meppem. Styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Dominic Smith.