Tebasaki Chicken Wings

I haven’t disappeared! But I’ve done it again haven’t I? I’ve been a little quiet on here recently but I have a good excuse this time, actually a great excuse! I managed to land the biggest job of my career. Read on to find out more.

As you know by now, I live and breathe food photography and have been working hard towards it for years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great brands and I have learnt lots along the way.

This summer I was commissioned to work with one of the largest supermarket retailers in the UK, Sainsbury’s. As you can imagine, I was very excited. I was both styling and photographing some of Sainsbury’s Christmas products, alongside a great team of stylists, art directors and photographers.

Remember that heat wave we had? Well we were in full blown Christmas mode, roasting turkeys and racing against melting chocolate. The job was full time hours for nearly two months, hence why you haven’t heard from me. I simply struggled to juggle everything. But I thoroughly enjoyed myself and may have put on a couple of pounds whilst sampling all of the products. Whoops.

It’s crazy to think that I will see the work our team did in all the Sainsbury’s stores at Christmas. I am super proud of what I’ve achieved so far and hope it will teach me a lesson to believe in myself more. I hope this will be the beginning of bigger and better things for me.

What about the wings?

I’ve been wanting to post on my blog for a while but felt like I had writers block. I couldn’t think of anything to blog about, let alone any new recipes. So I decided to look through all of my cookbooks to find some inspiration. Especially as I need to prove to my husband that I use all my cookbooks so he will buy me more 🙂

I came across these Tebasaki chicken wings in my Wagamama cookbook. Tebasaki wings are Japanese chicken wings that are similar to Korean wings – crispy chicken wings coated in a sweet and spicy sauce. Here’s the recipe:

I happened to have all of the ingredients in my pantry so I decided to give them a go and they were absolutely delicious. I did however change up the method of cooking these wings.

How I cooked them…

Chicken wings can take a long time to get crispy in the oven, hence the long cooking time. So I decided to cook these in my air fryer and they worked a treat. Plus I saved money on my energy bills, which lord knows we could all do with right now!

After cutting some of the excess fat off the wings, I coated them in a drizzle of oil, salt and pepper and cooked them in the air fryer on 200c for 15 minutes, tossing them a couple of times in between. Then I made the sauce and tossed the wings in it. I put them back in the air fryer for a further 5 minutes just to get golden and sticky. But make sure you watch them as they could burn easily because of the sugar in the sauce.

Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions and there you have it, Japanese chicken wings made in 20 minutes rather than 1 hour. Win! Although I have to warn you, if you are going to cook them in the air fryer you have to be willing to do an epic clean of the air fryer basket as the sauce can stick. I had to soak mine overnight and then it cleaned easily the next day. Totally worth it though!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you give them a try! Is there anything you would like to see on my blog? Feel free to leave me a comment below I would love to read your suggestions 🙂

Also can I ask you a favour? Would you take a little look around my website please? I’ve updated it with some new work and a cringe worthy picture of myself and I would love some feedback. Thank you! Here’s the link – www.jbimagery.co.uk

Have a great evening 🙂

Bhavisha x

Tebasaki Chicken Wings by Bhavisha Surti at JB Imagery Food Photographer and Stylist in Milton Keynes

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