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Lev, Laugh, Love: Aleppo Pepper Buffalo Wings with Labneh Ranch

How many of you like wings? Learn how to make wings and ranch with an Armenian twist in this episode of Lev, Laugh, Love!

Aleppo Pepper Buffalo Wings with Labneh Ranch 
Step 1: 

Start with heating the oil, because it takes the longest. We recommend you use a cast iron because it conducts heat well.


Step 2: 

While that oil heats up, let’s marinate the chicken wings. 

You’ll need Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, three cloves of garlic, and  the secret ingredient to bring it back home to Armenia: Aleppo Pepper

First things first, smash three cloves of garlic. The more garlic the better, honestly! 

A trick from Lev, to make garlic paste, sprinkle salt on top of the garlic and and smush the two ingredients together. This will bring out the flavors in the garlic and will help its spread amongst the ingredients better. 

Add the garlic to your chicken wings. Next, add about a quarter cup to a half cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce  followed by your desired amount of onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. 

Massage the ingredients into the chicken and set it aside. 

Step 3: 

Now, let’s move on to the Labneh Ranch

Add a cup of mayonnaise  and a half cup of Labneh to a bowl. Give it a mix. 

Get the garlic press out. Add in 3 cloves of garlic followed by a few dollops of Worcester sauce and a little bit of MSG

Chop up green onions, dill, and parsley as fine as you can and add the in. 

Stir all the ingredients together! 

Adjust the ranch to your thickness. We thin it out with buttermilk, but you can use milk, water, or a little bit of vinegar for ore of a tang. 

Lastly, a little bit of cayenne pepper, paprika, salt and pepper

Step 4: 

Finally time to make the chicken using the double fry method

Check the temperature of the oil. An ideal temperature will range from 300 to 325. You can dip an uncoated wooden utensils. Dip the wooden utensil in and if it bubbles you are ready to go. 

Before we start frying the wings add in a quarter cup of corn starch for an extra crunch and stir it in.  

Once the wings are all coated with corn starch gently put your chicken into the oil. Make sure to drop it in slowly so the wings don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Stir them around just a little so they don’t all stick together. 

Leave the wings in for 10 minutes.  (While you wait go to Step 5 to make the buffalo sauce.) 

After 10 minutes, take the wings out and crank the heat of the oil up to around 375.  

Once the temperature reaches 375, add the chicken back into the oil. Leave it in for 4 minutes.

After 4 minutes take the chicken out into a bowl and pour in the buffalo sauce (see step 5).

Step 5: 

Let’s prep the Aleppo Pepper Buffalo Sauce.

We’ll need butter, Aleppo Pepper, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder

Add a half a stick to three quarters of a stick of butter into a sauce pan.  While that melts add in Aleppo Pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Next, add in about a cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. 

Step 6: 

Choose your favorite vegetables

Wings are typically accompanied with celery and carrots. You can also do cucumbers, pickles, or anything fresh, juicy, refreshing to cut through the deep fried wings. 

You’re all done! Plate your wings, ranch, and veggies however you’d like and enjoy! 

If you give this recipe a try, let us know how it turned out! Send us an email with any suggestions of what you want to see Lev make next!

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