Eat This Now: Jidori Chicken Wings at Angel Stadium

Spiced to perfection. Photo by Cynthia Rebolledo

With the 2018 MLB season well under way, the Angels have stepped up to the plate with some powerful hitters. Shohei Ohtani, the 23-year-old Japanese star who can both pitch and hit, started strong with three home runs in his first three games as a hitter and victories in his first two as a starter. As for our home team’s home, Angel Stadium introduced eclectic, bountiful concession-stand lineups to match the season, with new takes on the classics as well as offerings that push boundaries with player-inspired menus (think pork katsu, a ropa vieja sandwich and buttermilk fried chicken).

The best start for your next game day is the Jidori chicken wings.

Jidori refers to a type of mixed-breed, domestic, free-range chicken known for its robust flavor, and the wings at the stadium (found right-field, club level, next to the Bud patio) are fried, then tossed in sweet-and-sour pomegranate molasses. The flavors are then enhanced with piquant aleppo and chermoula, a delicious mix of fresh herbs, earthy spices and preserved lemon. The result is fragrant, crisp and tender to the last inning.

Angel Stadium, 2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, (714) 940-2000; www.mlb.com/angels.

Cynthia Rebolledo covers anything and everything food, culture and spirits.

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