Southwestern-Style Fried Chicken Wings with Kicked-Up Jalapeno Poppers and a Creamy Chipotle-Cilantro Sauce (Emeril Lagasse) Recipe

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Southwestern-Style Fried Chicken Wings with Kicked-Up Jalapeno Poppers and a Creamy Chipotle-Cilantro Sauce (Emeril Lagasse)
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  1. Place the chicken in a 1-gallon resealable plastic food storage bag. In a medium bowl, combine the orange juice, the lime juice, the buttermilk, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the Southwest Essence and the kosher salt. Mix well to combine and pour over the chicken in the bag. Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight, or at least 12 hours, turning the bag occasionally to ensure even marinating.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  3. Set a large, 6-quart cast iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat with 3-quarts of vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F using a frying thermometer to gauge the temperature of the oil. (alternatively, preheat a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F.) Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, drain thoroughly in a colander, and set aside until ready to fry.
  4. Place the flour and remaining 2 tablespoons of the Southwest Essence in a 1-gallon resealable plastic food storage bag and place the chicken, 8 pieces at a time, in the flour and shake to coat. Lay the coated chicken on a wire rack set over a sheet pan to rest for 20 minutes before frying. Continue with the remaining chicken pieces until all of the chicken has been coated. Fry the chicken, in batches, until they are golden brown and begin to float, 10 to 13 minutes. Place the fried chicken on a paper-lined sheet pan and place in the oven to keep warm as you fry the rest of the chicken. Be sure to allow the oil to return to 350 degrees F or so before adding more chicken to the hot oil. Serve with the Creamy Chipotle-Cilantro Sauce and the Kicked-Up Jalapeno Poppers on the side.
  5. Emeril's Southwest Seasoning:
  6. Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
  7. Yield: 1/2 cup
  8. For the Creamy Chipotle Cilantro Sauce:
  9. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse well to combine. Remove and place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  10. Yield: about 2 cups
  11. For the Kicked-Up Jalapeno Poppers:
  12. In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed stock pot add enough oil to come 1/3 of the way up the sides of the pan. Heat oil to 360 degrees F over medium heat.
  13. Cut a slit lengthwise in each pepper down 1 side to create a pocket. Leave stem intact and remove seeds, if desired.
  14. Combine the cream cheese, pepper Jack, crumbled bacon, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Southwest Essence. Place mixture in a re-sealable plastic food storage bag or large piping bag. (If using a food storage bag, cut and remove 1 corner of the bag, making a hole large enough so that the bacon will squeeze through.) Squeeze mixture to the bottom of the bag and fill each pepper with as much of the cream cheese mixture as will fit. Press slit edges of the pepper together to seal.
  15. Set up a standard breading by placing 1 cup of flour in a shallow bowl, eggs in a separate shallow bowl and then place remaining 3 tablespoons flour, panko crumbs, and remaining teaspoon of the Southwest Essence in a shallow bowl or plate, and stir to combine.
  16. Working in batches, dip the stuffed jalapenos into the flour, then into the egg mixture and then roll in the panko mixture, pressing to coat.
  17. Working in batches, gently lower the jalapenos in the preheated oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Cool slightly before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2105.6 Kcal (8816 kJ)
Calories from fat 1145.36 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 127.26g 196%
Cholesterol 748.4mg 249%
Sodium 7171.57mg 299%
Potassium 1897.14mg 40%
Total Carbs 106.61g 36%
Sugars 19.17g 77%
Dietary Fiber 11.19g 45%
Protein 138.84g 278%
Vitamin C 97.7mg 163%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 12.6mg 70%
Calcium 638.1mg 64%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 227.99 Kcal (955 kJ)
Calories from fat 124.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.78g 196%
Cholesterol 81.04mg 249%
Sodium 776.52mg 299%
Potassium 205.42mg 40%
Total Carbs 11.54g 36%
Sugars 2.08g 77%
Dietary Fiber 1.21g 45%
Protein 15.03g 278%
Vitamin C 10.6mg 163%
Iron 1.4mg 70%
Calcium 69.1mg 64%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 51.9
  • 56

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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