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Chile Chicken Wings with Creamy Cucumbers

[Photographs: Caroline Russock]

In the intro to these Chile Chicken Wings with Creamy Cucumbers from Michael's Genuine Food, author Michael Schwartz describes them as both "major-killer" and "bangin'." These descriptors sounds dangerously similar to Guy Fieri-speak but they also make it somehow intriguing in a Triple D sort of way.

They're an advanced riff on classic spicy Buffalo wings with blue cheese and celery sticks—fried wings sauced with a sweet-hot chile glaze and cooled with a salad of crisp cucumbers in a minty yogurt sauce. And after mixing up a batch of these wings at home, I have to say, they are both "major-killer" and pretty "bangin'."

The secret to the chile sauce is the unexpected addition of tahini—its nuttiness rounds out the rest of the Asian-inspired ingredients, giving the sauce a great thickness, perfect for coating. And the creamy cucumbers? Totally amazing. Coating them in salt and letting them sit for a few minutes draws out their moisture and leaves them with a salty snap. The dressing of yogurt, lemon, garlic, and mint seems simple enough but when mixed with the cucumbers, it's good enough to eat on its own.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Michael's Genuine Food to give away this week.

Adapted from Michael's Genuine Food by Michael Schwartz. Copyright © 2011. Published by Clarkson Potter. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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