Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings 2015Okay, I’ll admit it. I am addicted to chicken wings. The saucy and spicier the better. But sometimes I want the spice, but not the saucy mess.  I came across salt baked chicken wings on the appetizer section of a local Chinese restaurant one day and decided to try them out. They were pretty good. But I think their description was off, since the wings were fried not baked. And so I thought, “Hmmm..I could make these.”  Here’s my version. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 lbs chicken wings, separated at joints, tips trimmed off (save for stock!)
  • 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon white pepper, separated into two 1/4 tablespoon portions
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
  • canola oil for frying plus 1 tablespoon for sautéing vegetables
  • 2 Serrano peppers sliced
  • 1/2 white onion sliced into half moons and separated
  • 1 bunch of green onions cut into 2-3 inch segments
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Marinade wings in Chinese cooking wine, soy sauce and 1/4 tablespoon white pepper for 20 minutes. Drain wings and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Pour oil to the depth of 2 inches in a wok or high sided pot. Heat oil on high to 375 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  3. In a mixing bowl add cornstarch, kosher salt and remaining white pepper. Add wings toss and coat. Shake off excess.
  4. Add wings to hot oil and fry 6 to 10 minutes, until deep golden brown and cooked through. You may have to cook in batches depending on pot size. Using a slotted spoon, transfer wings to paper towels to drain briefly.
  5. In another wok or high sided pot, add 1 tablespoon canola oil and heat on high. When oil ripples, add Serrano peppers, white onions, garlic, green onions and optional Sriracha sauce.
  6. Sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the fried wings and sauté until wings are coated with the vegetable mixture, about 30 seconds.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
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