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Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings

Course Dinner, Side Dish, Starter
Cuisine Chinese, Chinese Takeaway
Keyword chicken, chicken wings, salt & chilli, salt & pepper
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 20 wings


Wings Prep

  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 2 teaspoons Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon msg optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch white pepper

Time to cook!

  • 1 egg
  • 150 grams plain flour
  • Oil for deep frying

To finish the wings (per portion of 7 wings)

  • 1/2 small onion finely sliced
  • 1/2 carrot finely sliced
  • 1 spring onion finely sliced
  • 1 garlic cloves finely sliced
  • Chinese salt & pepper mix to season see notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine


Wings prep

  1. If your wings are in one piece, remove the wingtips and discard, then joint the wings to form drumettes and wingettes. This step is optional but the wings cook better and more evenly when jointed. Add the Shaoxing rice wine, Chinese 5 spice, msg, sea salt, black pepper and white pepper. Mix well, cover and set aside in the fridge for 1 hour.

Time to cook!

  1. Add 1 egg to the marinated chicken wings. Mix well. In a separate bowl, prepare 150g of plain flour. Heat the oil for deep frying to 180c. Press each chicken wing into the plain flour, shake off any excess and drop carefully into the hot oil. Cook the wings for 10 minutes until golden and crispy (for a 1kg batch you'll have to cook the wings in 2-3 different batches - either keep warm in a low oven as each batch cooks, or fry the wings now and drop them back into hot oil for 1-2 minutes later when ready to eat. The wings can be prepared and fried up to 24 hours in advance and finished in hot oil when needed).

To finish the wings (per portion of 7 wings)

  1. In a separate dry wok over a medium heat, stir-fry sliced onion, carrot, spring onion and garlic for around 1 minute until fragrant. Add the crispy chicken wings and season generously to taste with the Chinese salt & pepper mix & dried crushed chilli flakes (I use around 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon of salt & pepper mix and 1/4 teaspoon of dried crushed chilli flakes for a batch of 7 wings). Mix well for around 30 seconds, finish with Shaoxing rice wine and serve.

Recipe Notes

Chinese salt & pepper mix is made with aromatic ingredients including Chinese 5 spice, pepper, salt & sugar - find the recipe here.