Kizzy Tavern in East Hampton (Kizzy T’s for short) didn’t set out to be known as a sports bar, per se. But with pool and foosball tables, a ring toss and large flat-screen TVs, the game mind-set quickly became a vibe. Offering a late-night menu of smash burgers, creative pub fare and ice-cold Miller High Life, the Japanese-influenced spot fit in fast as an ideal neighborhood spot to watch ‘the game’ since its opening this past fall.
“Once we opened, we got a lot of requests from guests wanting to watch football,” says Kizzy T’s general manager Robert Deery, “so we pivoted a bit and put some TVs in. We try to give the people what they want.”
What the people seem to want is Kizzy T’s wings. Not your typical sports bar wings slathered in Buffalo sauce with blue cheese, but a deliciously crispy, curry-parmesan version.
“Everyone around here does hot wings,” says executive chef and consultant Gilberto Chico of the popular menu item. “We wanted to set ourselves apart using a familiar spice in an unfamiliar way.”
Chico’s recipe (he’s also an in-demand personal chef and consultant — check out his website, yeschefgil.com) hits all the right marks with the crowd-pleasing finger food. Tender, perfectly cooked on the inside (thanks to his trick of poaching the wings in chicken stock and butter) with a mild heat from the curry and a tangy-nutty finish, thanks to the parmesan and teriyaki sauce.
An air-fryer version can be helpful if you want to cut some time off the preparation and help with clean-up. Just toss the wings in the curry seasoning, preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C), and place the chicken wings in the basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they are crispy and ready for a dusting of parmesan. Finish with store-bought teriyaki sauce and keep the fans watching the game at home happy. “Heat the teriyaki in a small sauce pot over medium heat and add a splash of rice wine vinegar, honey, a pinch of curry, and cornstarch slurry to make it dense,” suggests Chico.
For a little extra crunch, flavor and visual appeal, try plating with cold carrots, bias-cut scallions and a dipping bowl of spicy mayo for the win,
Kizzy T’s chicken wings
- 24 chicken wings
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- salt and pepper to taste
For the curry seasoning:
- 2 tbsp Madras curry powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 gallon frying oil, such as canola or peanut
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- teriyaki sauce