Monday, June 8, 2015

Fresh Homemade Chicken Wings

It's the second week in June and it's time for me to look back on my goals for the month. I need to keep them in the front of my mind so that I can try to stay on track.

Goal #1 - Drink 120 ounces of water a day
Goal #2 - Eat home cooked fresh food, less frozen and barely any boxed foods
Goal #3 - Workout at least 3 times a week

Last week wasn't perfect, and I really shouldn't expect it to be. I lost a pound and I consider that a win! I reminded myself at the end of last week that I should be striving toward progress; not perfection. I'm going into this week with that same attitude and I hope to come out of it with some more progress made.

Goal #1 of drinking 120 ounces of water a day sounds simple to the old me; the one who use to sit at a desk for about 8 hours a day with a full water bottle by her side. I'm no longer that girl, though. I left my job to be a stay at home mom and now I find I'm even busier than I was before. 

While I'm loving every minute of my new life {even the hard ones}, I am finding that I have to put even more of an effort into reaching my goals nowadays. So, now that I know that more effort will need put in, I am going to work on doing just that!

Goal #2 of eating home cooked fresh foods, less frozen and barely any boxed foods, has always been a challenge for me, even before I had a baby. Toward the end of last week, I was craving deep fried chicken wings from a local pizza shop. Instead of ordering them, like I wanted to, I made something similar to those chicken wings at home.

I still get pregnancy-like cravings {linked to some once-a-month hormones} and since I just spent {what seemed like} a year pregnant, transitioning into still having those cravings and not necessarily needing them to be filled has been another work in progress. 

My way around these cravings has been to make what ever I want healthier and at home. 

And so, I give you deep fried chicken wings that are actually fresh homemade chicken legs. But hey, lets just call them wings for my cravings-sake, okay?

The reasons why I used drumsticks instead of wings are #1: my grocery store doesn't carry fresh chicken wings, only frozen; and, #2: these fresh drumsticks were only $2.70 for the pack. So yes, I think we'll just call them wings and relish the freshness and price in exchange for reality. Deal?

I was originally inspired to make these "wings" from reading an article in the Cooking Light magazine. You can find the recipe that I {kind of} followed by clicking here.

I steamed the chicken for about 20 minutes (if you're actually using wings instead of drumsticks, you won't need to steam as long). I set the chicken aside, removed the skin (it peels right off after being steamed). I added a little olive oil to a skillet and pan seared the chicken on all sides, for about 5-8 minutes. I added green onions and garlic, then tosses the chicken in buffalo sauce.

Craving satisfied.

Readers, have you ever made chicken wings at home? What is your favorite way to make chicken wings?

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