Cliff Lee chicken wings

Look at that! It only took 14 starts to get that first win! This is truly the best America’s birthday yet. Treat yourself to some wings.

It’s been a rough year for Clifton Phifer Lee. Frankly, he hasn’t been too great since the NLDS last year where he gave up a four run lead. We lost to the Cardinals, who went on to win the World Series.

(Yes, we’re FINALLY talking about that without openly weeping.)

Anyway, in spite of his failures over the last year or so, Lee is still one of the most universally loved Phillies on the team, even without a ring. Go figure. I still love you, Cole Hamels. Not like I love Chooch, of course. That would just be silly.

This one comes from Chicks Dig The Long Ball aka the Baseball Ladies. This was posted at their site back during the 2010 Cliffmas season when Clifton Phifer Lee returned to the Phillies, obviously just to be closer to The Food Chain’s home base and maybe even in one of our YouTube videos one day. Cliff?

Recipe adapted from the Baseball Ladies
Serves hungry Phillies fans
Also, wing enthusiasts

3 lbs. cut-up chicken (anything really)
3 tbsp. garlic salt
2 eggs
2 cups cornstarch
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 water
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. soy sauce
3 tbsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tbsp. rum

Rub the chicken with garlic salt on all sides. Talk to it. Love it. Whipser sweet nothings in it’s…bones?

Allow the chicken to rest for 30 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator.

Beat the eggs in a shallow dish, and put the cornstarch in another. Dip the chicken in the egg, then the starch.

Deep fry until done, then drain.

While the fried chicken is resting, stir together the sugar, vinegar, water, ketchup, soy, rum and hot sauce in a saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil, then lower to a simmer.

This is where I switch it up.

Toss the chicken wings in the saucepan to coat, then let put the chicken on a rack. Be careful. When that sauce is hot (temperature wise), it’ll burn you. Big time.

Wait.

Wait.

Wait some more.

Ok, it’s cooled off a bit. Put some blue cheese or sour cream & chive dip out. Also, napkins.

Serve.

Cliff Lee.

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