Firecracker Chicken Wings

Famous Dave's Copycat Recipe

Wing Dust
2 tablespoons anise seeds
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Chinese 5 spice
3 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic seasoning
2 teaspoons cayenne
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder

24 chicken wings
1 gallon chicken marinade (see recipe below)
peanut oil
4 cups flour
1 stick butter, melted
sweet & sour sauce

To make wing dust:  Grind anise seeds into powder in an electric coffee grinder. Mix next 8 ingredients together with anise powder. Grind this mixture again in coffee grinder and set aside.

To make the wings: Wash wings. Place in marinade and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Drain and discard marinade. Heat oil to 375 degrees in a heavy skillet. Oil should be almost 3/4 inches deep. Toss wings in flour until well coated.

Turn heat to medium. Fry wings until golden brown. This takes about 12 to 15 minutes. Place wings on a sheet pan.

Dip pastry brush into melted butter and daub on wings. Generously sprinkle with wing dust. Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Chicken Marinade
Marinade: Mix your favorite Italian dressing and liquid margarita mix (half and half)

Marinade chicken in a ziplock bag.