It’s takeaway night and the first thing that pops into my head is salt and pepper chicken wings. Honestly, my choice for Chinese takeaway is not much. I would only eat anything with prawn, rice, chips and salt and pepper chicken wings. These salt and pepper chicken wings are full of flavours and would give your takeaway a run for their money
I’ll let you into a secret, salt and pepper chicken wings is not hard to make and you can make it better than your takeout, yeah I said so. With very few ingredients and little kitchen preparation, these chicken wings can be yours and more coins in your purse too. The best news is you are in control of what goes into the chicken. Generous amount of MSG is added to most Chinese takeaway foods, I don't use it. I sound like a hypocrite right now as I use bouillon powder, I still feel its better than MSG but if this is what you have, use it in moderation.
I can bet you that with this recipe, you will never order salt and pepper chicken from your takeaways especially if you have time to prep for it. It is easy to make and so yummy too. Crispy, crunchy fried chicken tossed in seasoned chopped chillis, garlic and spring onions (scallions). Am I making you drool already? Come on lovelies, let us make some delicious, finger-licking fried chicken wings
1kg chicken wings
½ tsp Salt (use according to preference)
1 tsp crushed chillies
½ tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Bouillion powder (Bouillion cubes or powder e.g Maggi/Knorr or any brand of choice)
1tbsp corn flour
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
Bunch of spring onion, chopped
4 Mixed chillies, chopped
1 tsp crushed garlic
Vegetable oil for frying
How to make salt and pepper chicken wings
Wash and pat chicken dry (This is optional but recommended)
Add salt, black pepper, seasoning to the chicken and mix thoroughly to combine
Leave to marinade for an hour or overnight
To make light batter
Start by adding cornflour, all purpose flour, salt to taste (this is optional) to water and make a light batter then set aside
Add enough vegetable oil to fry the chicken in a pan/wok and place on high heat. Allow to heat up till you start seeing bubbles in the oil
Add the chicken to the batter then put in the hot oil carefully in batches, fry the chicken for about 8 to 10 minutes or till golden brown, crispy and well done. Place chicken on kitchen towel to drain, repeat for the remaining portion.
In another wok, add 2 tbsp vegetable oil and leave to heat up for about a minute or two. Stir in the crushed garlic into the oil and cook on medium heat, do not let the garlic burn or it will taste bitter.
Once the fragrance is released into the oil, add the chopped chillies, crushed peppers, spring onions and stir fry for about a minute or two. Add seasoning (if using) salt, fried chicken to wok and toss into the stir-fry till all the chicken is well coated. Serve chicken wings immediately
salt and pepper chicken wings
- 1 kg chicken wings
- ½ tsp Salt use according to preference
- 1 tsp crushed chillies
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Bouillon powder Bouillon cubes or powder e.g Maggi/Knorr or any brand of choice
- 1 tbsp corn flour
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour about ⅓ cup
- Bunch of spring onion chopped
- 4 Mixed chillies chopped
- 1 tbsp crushed garlic
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 300 ml water
- Wash and pat chicken wings dry
- Add salt, black pepper, bouillon powder (if using) to the chicken and mix thoroughly to combine
- Leave to marinade for an hour or overnight. (You can fry the chicken wings immediately if time is of the essence)
To make light batter (coating for chicken wings)
- Add cornflour and all purpose flour together, add salt to taste (this is optional) add water to make light batter and set aside
- Add enough vegetable oil to deep fry the chicken in a pan/wok and place on high heat and allow to heat up till hot (about 3 inches high in a sauce pan)
- Add the chicken to the batter, using a thong, remove the chicken from the batter and shake off excess. Add the chicken to the hot oil carefully in batches, fry for about 8 to 10 minutes or till golden brown, crispy and well done. Place chicken on kitchen towel to drain, repeat for the remaining portion.
Make salt and pepper chicken wings
- In another wok, add 2 tbsp vegetable oil and leave to heat up for about a minute or two, stir in the crushed garlic into the oil and cook on medium heat, do not let the garlic burn or it will taste bitter. Once fragrance is released into the oil, add the chopped chillies, crushed peppers, chopped spring onions and stir fry for about a minute or two. Add seasoning and salt to taste, add the fried chicken to wok and toss into the stir-fry till all the chicken is well coated.
- Serve hot immediately
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I thought I’d need more seasoning but it was just right. Very simple and it came out very well. I double dipped and double fried for a thicker coating. I’d recommend this for sure
Jared Manning says
I want to try this so bad, one thing I don’t understand in the recipe, is it says to use 4 mixed chilies. What are mixed chilies? Is it a spice, or fresh produce, or a can?
Hi Jared, mixed chillies is like jalapeno, here in the UK we call it mixed chillies as it mostly comes in different colours (red and green) in a pack. Kindly refer to the image in the post for reference.
This was easy and delicious. Thank you for such simple recipe
I am glad you enjoyed it Danielle and thanks for the feedback.
I’m so going to make this and let you know how I get on.
Yasss! Please do try it and let me know how you get on
how much seasoning
Hi Nathan. It depends on the type of bullion cube you are using but you only need a little for taste. Thanks
I will definitely try this recipe Madam Ajoke. 💜🧡
Thank you Adeola, please don't forget to leave a feedback when you do
welcome back Ajoke it been quiet a while. lovely recipe . i wii give it a try. cheers
Thank you helen, I'm back for good now. Do kindly let me how you get on with the recipe
Wow, I don't like wings but give this a try this weekend. Muahhhhh
Thanks Temitope, I'm sure you will be converted after you try this recipe. x