BBQ chicken wings with sweetcorn rice and red cabbage slaw

If the weather permits, then cook the chicken on a barbecue, for that smoky, woody, charcoal flavour. If not, you can bake it in the oven, as I have here.


For the barbecue sauce
For the red cabbage slaw
For the sweetcorn rice

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Scatter the chicken pieces in a large roasting tin. Put the tomato ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, five spice powder and honey in a small bowl. Add the garlic and thyme leaves along with salt, pepper and a drizzle of oil. Give everything a good stir and pour it over the chicken pieces. Toss everything about to evenly coat, settle the chicken into a single layer and put in the oven to cook for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the slaw. Mix the cabbage, red onion and finely chopped chilli in a large bowl along with the raisins, mustard powder (if using) and honey. Spoon the yoghurt in, squeeze in the lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix everything together and set aside.

  4. Tip the rice into a medium pan with a little salt, pour boiling water from a kettle so that it is about 2cm/1in above the top of the rice, put the lid on and bring back to the boil. Then turn it down as low as it will go and leave to cook for as long as it says on the packet.

  5. While the rice is cooking, baste the chicken wings with the sauce in the roasting tray and return to the oven.

  6. Once the rice is ready, drain it and then tip it back into the pan. Drain the sweetcorn and add it to the rice with salt, pepper and a drizzle of oil. Stir together and then put the lid on to keep warm.

  7. After the chicken has had 30 minutes, check to see that it is cooked, it should be piping hot in the middle with no pinkness. The barbacue sauce should be a sticky coating on the chicken.

  8. Divide the rice among four serving plates, arrange the chicken on top and spoon the slaw alongside. Rip the leaves from the coriander or parsley, scatter them over and serve.

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