I grew up not liking chicken wings. I never ordered them in restaurants. I wasn’t particularly keen on them.

Then I met my husband and tasted his family’s famous chicken wings. Sceptical at first, I tentatively dished up one wing and nibbled away. It was good. It didn’t change my life but I didn’t dislike it either. I tried another one and liked it even more. Slowly I came round to chicken wings.

A few years later and I’ve grown to love chicken wings. I now crave them! We’ll often buy a pack and throw them on the braai as a snack. Sometimes we’ll pair the wings with a good selection of veggies and dinner is served.

I’ve begun experimenting with different flavours for chicken wings. It was a cold day in Joburg and I wanted something that suited the weather. All the ideas I had fell like a lighter almost summery combination – not ideally suited to the weather. When I went shopping the first thing that caught my eye was the sage. Then it hit me. Why not experiment with the classic combination of sage and onion? A little bit of comfort and familiarity with the chicken wings.

I was pleasantly surprised by the results! The sage and onion infuse into the wings but what I loved the most was the buttery goodness. It’s worth the effort and you’ll have to try it soon!

Sage and Onion Chicken Wings

12 Chicken Wings
250g butter
half an onion, diced
small bunch of sage
Salt and Pepper

Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook until soft (for about 2 minutes). Add the sage to the butter mixture and stir well.
Season the chicken wings with salt and pepper.
Pour the butter mixture over the wings and allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
Make sure your grill is pre-heated.
Cook the chicken wings on the grill turning frequently.
You can keep some of the butter mixture back and pour over the cooked chicken wings for added flavour.