A fantastic cheap, quick and easy way, to recreate Chinese style salt and pepper chicken wings, at home.
From how to cut chicken wings into wingettes and drumettes. How to flavour chicken wings by coating with flour, Chinese five-spice, salt and pepper. Finally, how long to cook chicken wings in the oven.
Once cooked, the salt & pepper wings are tossed in sesame oil with garlic, red chilli peppers and spring onions. They taste just like the restaurant or takeaway chicken wings.
How to cook Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings?
We show you how to make salt and pepper chicken wings, just like you get from a Chinese takeaway.
Check out the below video to see how quick and easy it is to make these wings.
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How to cut chicken wings?
You can cook your chicken wing whole, but we like to chop them in half to separate the wingettes (also known as the flat) from the drumettes.
To do so, fold the wing out, use a sharp knife to slice the flappy bit of skin. Then place the knife on the joint where the wingette and drumette meet. Find the softest part and push down firmly.
Chinese seasoning for chicken
Next add the chinese salt & pepper seasoning consisting of the following ingredients, flour, salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice.
Coat the chicken wings with the flour mix. The flour helps to dry out the wings to achieve a crispy skin when oven cooked.
Place the coated chicken wings on parchment paper in a baking tray and spray with some oil.
What temperature and how long to cook chicken wings for?
For perfectly cooked chicken wings, bake in a preheated oven at 200°C fan / 220°C conventional / 425°F / Gas mark 7 for 30 minutes.
If you have really big wings, they may need longer. Check that the juices run clear and if you have meat thermometer check the chicken meat reaches 165°F/ 75°C.
Chilli and garlic spicy oil
Just before the salt and pepper wings are finished cooking, create a spicy oil to coat them in.
Over a low heat, gently fry spring onions, red chillies and garlic in a pan with sesame oil.
Finally, add the cooked chicken wings. Stir into the garlic, chillies and spring onions.
If you don't have sesame oil you can use vegetable, sunflower or olive oil instead.
You can adjust the amount of chilli's used for the desired heat you like?
We used 3 finely chopped birds eye's chilli peppers, which gave a nice spicy kick to the salt & pepper Chinese chicken wings.
Serve the Chinese style, Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings straight away, as they are, for a great snack, appetizer or starter. Pairs well with this Pork Toast starter recipe from Cooking with Nart.
Alternatively, serve your salt & pepper chicken wings for dinner with some Jasmine Sticky Rice as a Chinese main meal.
Served cold, perfect party food at a buffet.
Can I make chicken wings ahead?
Yes these can be made ahead of time, simply cook the salt & pepper coated chicken wings off in the oven.
If planning to serve warm, do not make the chilli oil ahead. Allow them to cool and keep refrigerated for up to 2 days.
When you want to reheat, the chicken wings. Add the oil, chilli, garlic and spring onion to the pan with the chicken and fry on medium-low heat until the chicken wings are heated through.
How to reheat cooked chicken wings in the microwave?
If you want to reheat leftover Chinese chicken wings, simply reheat them in the microwave. Time will vary depending on how many you are reheating.
Start with 2 minutes and check they are heated through. Turn over and heat for longer if needed?
Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings - Chinese Style
Oven-baked salt and pepper chicken wings
- 1 kg Chicken wings (2.2 pounds)
- 30 g Plain flour (all purpose) (¼ cup)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- ¼ teaspoon Chinese five spice
- Spray Oil
Finishing spicy oil to coat chicken wings in
- 1 tablespoon Sesame oil can substitute with other oil's
- 4 cloves Garlic crushed
- 3 Spring Onions (green onions) finely sliced
- 3 red chillies finely sliced (adjust amount of chillies used to how spicy you like)
- Preheat oven 200°C fan / 220°C conventional / 425°F / Gas mark 7Cut wings in half to create drumette and wingettes.
- Pat dry with kitchen roll, place in bowl with flour, salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice into a bowl
- Coat wings with the flour mix
- Place on baking tray, spray with some oil. Cook on the centre shelf in the oven for 30 minutes. Turn once halfway through cooking time.
- Heat sesame oil, spring onions, chilli and garlic for 5 minutes.
- Add the oven-baked wings to the oil, garlic, chilli and spring onions and stir through to coat them.
- Serve as a starter, main or a party food!
We hope you enjoyed this salt and pepper chicken wings recipe. Let us know in the comments how you got on.
Why not check out our Honey Garlic Chicken Wings for another tasty Asian way to flavour and cook chicken wings.