Teriyaki Chicken Wings ~ The Ladies of the Night

“I don’t wanna go to church- I wanna eat pancakes and watch the hookers.”

Perhaps she’d better explain…

It was over ten years ago that Sister Madly left the great state of Michigan for stranger lands. Her Mother had accompanied her along the journey, and as it was the Mater’s last day in town- which she faced with a most suspicious good cheer- they arranged to meet Tallulah that evening a pub that had once been a Chapel* back in the 30’s.

* Actually, it began as a mortuary, only to include weddings later on- after all, if a marriage ends at the Chapel, it should begin at the Chapel.

As Tallulah was working at a most sophisticated and respectable boutique, Sister Madly and the Mothership were free to pop into the neighborhood bar for a pre-dinner cocktail- after all, it was 5 o’clock somewhere.

It was a classy joint with its plastic lawn furniture, AstroTurf, and life-size cutout of Liberace in the corner. Even the cocktails were nothing short of sophistication, with Sister Madly’s margarita lacking everything but the tequila, and the Mothership’s wine presented in a single-serving bottle with a neon bendy straw.

It was nothing short of superb.*

* Although Sister Madly was compelled to have a stern tête-à-tête with the jukebox: not everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting. Sister Madly surely wasn’t.

Now the occasional bar fight is to be expected even in the classiest of joints- sometimes over a lady, sometimes over a game of billiards- but the epitome of class is when a heated discussion erupts over Martha Stewart and her decision to add bacon to pancake batter.*

* The epitome of class is also when the patrons demand to watch the Cooking Channel over sports or CNN.

Classier still was that this discussion was spearheaded by an absolute philistine who declared he ate nothing but raw. Sister Madly made the assumption that when he said this, he meant Raw Vegan.

That is not what he meant.

As it turned out, the Philistine was an ex-vegan of 6 years who now eats only raw meat organ meat in particular. He seemed equally disappointed in Miss Martha’s decision to cook the bacon as he was in her refusal to serve raw pancake batter.

Sister Madly must confess that, despite her many angelic qualities, she is not a raw meat-eater… more like a medium, medium-rare meat-eater. No doubt this sin is what will keep her from attaining sainthood in the afterlife.*

* Which is perfectly fine, as a naughty Sister Madly fully intends to haunt each and every one of you upon reaching said afterlife.

What fascinated the Mothership, however, was not the unconventional diet of the Philistine, but the fact that he was in search of a companion who was willing to be Raw with him- and by ‘companion’ she though he meant ‘hooker’- but then, she was a few bendy-straw wines into the afternoon.

Now even Sister Madly, who had only been in town for a few days, knew where to find the Ladies of the Night; Tallulah often saw them while working at her most sophisticated and respectable boutique, and told many a tawdry tale. One more bendy-straw wine later, the Mothership decided that pancakes and spying on the Ladies of the Night was more appealing than an evening at the Chapel Pub.

“I don’t wanna go to church- I wanna eat pancakes and watch the hookers.”


  • 3-3½ lbs. chicken wings ~ OR ~ 6-8 bone-in chicken thighs


  • ¼ cup coconut aminos ~ OR ~ soy sauce
  • ¼ cup sake
  • 4 tsp ginger, minced
  • 4 tsp garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-3 TBSP oil, or as needed


  • 2-3 TBSP honey, or to taste
  • 2 TBSP ginger, grated
  • ½ cup sake
  • 1 cup coconut aminos ~ OR ~ soy
  • 1-2 TBSP rice vinegar, or to taste
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced

Mix together marinade ingredients
Add chicken; shake/mix to coat
Cover; refrigerate 30 min – 24hrs

Sweat off garlic and ginger; 2 min
Add remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil
Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens

Preheat oven to 400*
Place chicken on greased baking rack in tray
~ 30 min (WINGS)
~ 45 min (THIGHS)
Remove from oven, brush chicken with sauce
Return to oven; bake 10-15 min, or until cooked through
Brush with remaining sauce straight from oven

THEME SONG: One Sin Between Me and the Lord, Peter Murphy’s Carver Combo

11 responses

  1. It musta been the wine, Madly. Ya shudda stayed with the tequila. 😈

    Liked by 1 person

    May 13, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    • True, because no tale of regret ever begins with tequila!


      May 14, 2019 at 2:31 PM

  2. Hmm… I hear that they are outlawing bendy straws in some places, in favour of paper ones. Raw, vegan paper straws, I suspect.
    As for the ‘single serve bottle’… would that be a 5th or a quart? 70cl over this side of the line. Most straws don’t reach the bottom… until the wine consumed affects the drinker’s dexterity, from which point the straw does reach the bottom, but not the top.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 13, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    • Many a childhood horror story began with paper straws…

      A single serving is about 187 ml… of course several single-serving bottles is much more responsible than one 750 ml bottle!


      May 14, 2019 at 2:35 PM

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  4. I now see where YOU get your antics from…. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    May 20, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    • I do not have antics; I am always proper and dignified.

      Liked by 1 person

      May 20, 2019 at 12:19 PM

      • I am not sure what your definition of “proper and dignified” is and then add CIDER to the mix…all bets are off dear milady… 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        May 20, 2019 at 1:20 PM

  5. You’re hilarious. A gifted writer too. I easily lost myself in your tale and laughed my ass off – no, wait… damn, it’s still there 😛 Fabulous. Simply fabulous, thanks for opening my eyes to the significance of pancakes and hookers 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    May 23, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    • Thank you kindly! ;c)

      If only laughter worked that way- my apartment would sound like a madhouse!

      Liked by 1 person

      May 24, 2019 at 9:18 AM

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