Me, Myself and Thai {recipe}


Smoke quickly filled the kitchen. Although deafened by the earsplitting noise blaring from the smoke detector, I could still hear my dogs howling frantically. I impersonated Michael Jordan jumping to fan the smoke away from the detector with my Grandma’s tattered oven mitt. I threw open the window to clear the room only to be blasted by the arctic air. It was now snowing IN my kitchen!

I knew I should have grilled these darn wings… but obviously grilling was out of the question…


My BBQ grill. “Honey I don’t think the food is defrosted yet.”

I was all cooped up in my mountain home. Mother Nature blanketed the town in white. Our cooking club was almost canceled because some ladies were unable to maneuver their steep driveways and icy roads.


Brrrrr… It’s cold!

I was the new girl in the cooking club: the rookie, the freshman. This was my big chance to meet more friends in my new town while improving my culinary skills. Two things I love: people and food. It’s a win-win! Our cookbook assignment was Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin. The recipe I chose was Lemongrass Chicken Wings.

I planned on getting dressed while the wings were in the oven. How to dress for my first meeting? Not too city-slickery. Not too “Little House on the Prairie.” Wear just enough makeup but not so much to celebrate Halloween. Let’s see… I will take a shower while I pre-heat the oven. Then as the wings are starting to cook I will get dressed. Then flip the wings, flip my 1980’s hair and I’m off…

Okay, who forget to turn the oven knob to BROIL? Time was ticking and the oven was still cold! I panicked! I can’t poison my new friends with salmonella-packed, undercooked chicken! HmmmMicrowave? Boil? Chicken Soup?? No way!! Determined, I cranked the oven and perhaps placed the delicate wing tips a bit too close to the blazing broiler. Uh oh!!

Miraculously I was able to salvage my culinary delight and the wings were cooked perfectly! Once the soot cleared and I was finally able to breathe again, I inhaled the intoxicating fragrant aroma of lemongrass, garlic, and ginger. Yum!  I actually think the charring enhanced the Thai flavors. Ha! This was truly The Winged Victory.

With no time left to fix my hair (think Phyllis Diller), and smelling like a smoked BBQ brisket, I could still just make it to cooking club which thankfully was only few blocks away. Armed with wings and a prayer, I ran to my car.

Are you kidding??…


I tossed my scrumptious creation into the front seat and grabbed the shovel and ice scraper. I worked faster than a Nascar pit crew! Now with black mascara running down my cheek and frizzy clown hair, I finally hopped into the car. My hands were numb and frozen as I steered down the mountain. Scared they were heading to my house, I ducked as the fire engine passed me.

I walked thru the doors of my cooking club and smiled. “Hi! I’m Lisa! I made you some Lemongrass Chicken Wings. Enjoy!”


Lemongrass Chicken Wings

From Everyday Thai Cooking by Katie Chin

Sweet, tangy, salty and infused with exotic Thai spices. Double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer


1 ½ pounds chicken wings

2 tablespoons crushed roasted peanuts

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves


2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped

2 teaspoons minced galangal or fresh ginger

2 tablespoons lemongrass, minced

1 tablespoon palm or brown sugar

3 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)

1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tablespoons oil


Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Place chicken wings in a large resealable food storage bag. Pour the marinade mixture over the chicken wings. Refrigerate for 2-12 hours. (I refrigerated overnight.)

Pre-heat a broiler. Arrange the wings, top down, on a broiler. Broil the wings for 10-11 minutes, turn over and broil for another 1-11 minutes until golden brown.

Garnish with chopped peanuts and fresh coriander leaves. Serve immediately.




fresh lemongrass

Do you have leftover lemongrass?  Try my lemongrass ice cream for dessert!

Have you had any similar disasters in your kitchen? Please share your story.

Original photos by SeedyLawyer.  All rights reserved.

Shared with:  Fiesta Friday, Foodie Friday, Full Plate Thursday, Home and Garden Thursday, Great Idea Thursday, Natural Family Friday, Simply Natural Saturdays, Farm Hop, Flashback Friday, Motivation Monday, Busy Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Totally Talented Tuesdays, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, Tasty Tuesdays, Share Your Cup Thursday, Old Fashioned Friday, Real Food Fridays, Creative Mondays


  • I need to get some lemongrass and make these wings! I’m so glad they worked out well in the end!

    • Lemongrass is awesome! Same some for Lemongrass ice cream 🙂

  • My oven was as dead as a doornail on New year’s eve a fe years back. I had 20 people coming that evening. Tears and my little microwave/convection oven worked it’s fanny off and no one ever knew. No repeats please. These wings look amazing!

    • Love your story, Julie! Somehow it seems more rewarding to pull it off at the last minute…with no one even knowing! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Lanie

    I can attest that Lisa’s wings were awesome! I actually got to sample them. Thanks, Lisa!

    • Thanks, Lanie!! Happy to meet you at our cooking club!

  • Sarah ‘n Spice

    Wow, what a story! I got a great visual of you jumping like Michael Jordan haha! The wings look delish!

    • Ha! It was funny for sure! Thanks for visiting, Sarah!

  • Yum I love Thai food. I always set off my smoke alarm when cooking too.
    Thank you for linking up with #wordlesswednesday
    co-host –

  • Ashleigh

    This looks so good, thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful week and thanks for linking up with the OMHG WW! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

  • Well with all that happened your recipe looks delicious!!!
    Thanks for linking on The Oh My Heartsie Girl WW this week.
    Have a great week, stay warm!

  • Liz

    These look amazing, love Thai food and love chicken wings. I’ve pinned it.

  • I hope they appreciated your wonderful recipe after all that trouble and problems. It sounds delicious. Hopefully next time you make it the weather will be warmer and you’ll be able to make it on your grill and wouldn’t have to shovel snow. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted.

  • Jann Olson

    Despite the weather It looks like the wings were delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinned.