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We love a good movie night in this house! There’s no better reason to snuggle up together on the big comfy couch with lots of blankets and snacks. I love putting together a whole spread of themed snacks to choose from, but I try to have something substantial for us to eat, so that it’s not just a bunch of junk before bed time.
I tried to get a little creative. We watched Minions movie in theaters first, and I just loved the character Herb Overkill, played by the lovely Jon Hamm. We grabbed the Minions Metalpak Blu-ray/DVD – Deluxe set (available only at Target), which was released on December 8th, and I was so excited to plan a movie night around it.
I got to thinking, what kind of dish could you make to go along with the name “Herb Overkill?” Something savory, filling and sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Then it came to me: Chicken Wings! Luckily my Target sell groceries too, so I was able to pick up all of our movie night necessities, including the ingredients for our main dish.
I had never made chicken wings from scratch before, but how hard could it be? Cook up some chicken wings, toss them in a sauce, throw them on a plate, right? Pretty much. Except, it turns out that they come with the wing and drumette parts connected together and you have to touch the chicken with your hands and cut them apart, and also remove the very tips of the wings. Luckily, my dad was around to do that part for me. You could also try asking your butcher to do that for you. For this recipe you’ll want around 4 pounds of chicken wings and drumettes.
I went with frying as my cooking method because I like wings that are really crispy. You could save yourself some time and fat by baking them, or even grilling them. But for this recipe, frying really makes it.
You don’t need a ton of oil, this was about half of a fingertip, maybe 1/2″ or less deep. I didn’t really measure, since pan sizes may vary. It should be enough to cover the wings just slightly over halfway.
It’s important to get the oil hot enough, not only so the wings get crispy, but also so that they get fully cooked. Aim for between 375 and 400 degrees.
Very carefully place your wings into the hot oil using a long pair of tongs. Fill the pan, but don’t overcrowd it.
Cook the wings for about 6 minutes per side, until they are golden brown and crispy. I checked the temperature of the first batch to make sure that was enough time to cook them thoroughly. (I’m a little weird about chicken if you haven’t noticed.)
Remove the cooked wings from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Don’t those look amazing? Repeat with the rest of the wings until they’re all cooked.
While they’re draining and cooling off, you can throw together the “sauce.” I used a mix of fresh herbs, minced garlic, and salt and pepper.
I added the herb mixture to a big bowl, poured in some olive oil, and tossed the chicken wings in it. Then I just dumped them onto a plate and sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top.
These wings are so delicious, and such a perfect compliment to our Minions movie night. And as if watching the movie isn’t fun enough, the special Target-exclusive bonus disc includes 40 minutes of exclusive content, plus printable party decorations and invitations, recipes, games, and crafts.
What fun snacks would you serve at your own Minions movie night?
The recipe below is inspired by characters from Illumination Entertainment’s Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.