How to Make: Dom's Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
Contributed by Food With Dom
Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings are that delicious side order you know you have to get when you order from a Chinese takeaway, however, you’re usually left feeling guilty because the wings are fried and all that grease leaves you feeling heavy. Well, I’ve developed this recipe that’ll allow you to enjoy plenty of wings with 99% less oil and just as tasty or even better than your local takeaway! (In my humble opinion).
Aren't Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings really bad for you with all that grease?
Well, I’ve developed this recipe that’ll allow you to enjoy plenty of wings with 99% less oil and just as tasty or even better than your local takeaway!
I’ll share some #adzvice with you that’ll give you perfectly crispy wings without extra oil. These tips can be used for any chicken wing recipe, just change up the seasoning as you wish!
The main focus of this recipe is the baking powder technique used to get crispy chicken wings without the added fat and grease. The seasonings can be adapted to any flavour you want, buffalo, soy ginger, BBQ, honey and more, be creative!
Be sure that your wings are completely dry before applying the dry rub seasoning. You want them to get as crispy as possible in the oven and this means they need to be dry before being cooked!
Using a wire rack to lift the chicken above your cooking pan/sheet ensures that heat will be touching both sides of the chicken while cooking. If you don't do this, the juices during the oven cooking will kind of steam the chicken, this will create soggy wings, we don’t want this!
A chicken wing is divided into 3 parts, the drum, flat and tips. In this recipe, I chose to use just chicken drum and flats. I'd always advise against the tips as they burn quickly and don't have much flesh, keep those in the freezer for making your own chicken stock.
These wings are really so simple to make and honestly, they’ll make you think twice before ordering out again. Enough talking, here’s what you’ll need:
1kg washed and dried chicken wings (remove the tips)
1.5 tablespoons baking powder.
1 teaspoon paprika.
2 tablespoon garlic powder.
1 tablespoon salt (to taste).
1/2 tablespoon cracked black pepper.
1 medium onion sliced.
2 chillies (I used red and green chillies for presentation).
3 cloves of garlic chopped.
2-inch fresh ginger chopped.
3 spring onions finely sliced.
2 fresh limes (1 juiced and 1 sliced for garnish).
1 tablespoon sugar.
1 tablespoon crushed black pepper.
2 tablespoons sesame oil.
Sesame seeds to garnish.
Preheat the oven to 200°c.
Place the washed and dried wings in a bowl and toss with all the dry ingredients. Make sure you mix and coat the wings thoroughly.
You may begin to hear a crackling noise, this is good! It means the baking powder is reacting with the chicken skin which will create deliciously crispy wings!
Lay out your wings on a wire rack and allow space between wings, none should be touching so they cook and crispen up evenly. (Line your sheet with foil to catch any drippings).
Place the wings into your preheated oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, turn your wings over so the other side can cook evenly. Leave the wings in for another 15 minutes.
Check the wings one last time and turn them over for the 3rd time, bake for a final 10-15 mins or until crispy. This will give you the crispiest and most juicy wings.
While the wings are cooking, heat a pan on medium heat and add the sesame oil, once heated add in your garlic and ginger and cook lightly until fragrant.
Add your onions and season lightly with salt, stir fry until the onions have softened.
Once softened add your chilli, spring onion, black pepper, sugar and fresh lime juice. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, turn off the heat and set aside.
Once your wings are cooked, leave them to rest for about 5 minutes.
Toss the cooled wings with the onion mixture in a large bowl, sprinkle generously with extra black pepper and sesame seeds.
Now you’re done! Serve on a plate piled with any onions and chilli at the bottom of the bowl, enjoy these wings with some rice, noodles or with a simple cold drink. x
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