Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt and pepper is my FAVOURITE wing flavour. But naga is also my favourite. I also really like mango habanero wings…..ok I guess I like every flavour of wings, never mind. 

But salt and pepper wings, they’re high up on my list, so I wanted to see if I could make them.

This was my first time ever making wings. I do normally like to test my recipes out a few times before posting them but I LOVED the way these turned out so here we are.

The salt and pepper wings inside of a wok with some onions and chillies

Video Tutorial

The main ingredients:

There is quite a few different ingredients and seasoning in this recipe. However, there are a few staples that I want to talk about:

The Shaoxing Wine

I’ve learnt that Shaoxing wine is used in a lot of Chinese dishes. It essentially just adds a lot more depth and flavour to foods. 

If you’re from the UK, it’s pretty easy to find, both Sainsbury’s and Tesco sell it. 

But if you want to substitute it for something non-alcoholic, I’ve heard that chicken stock is the best substitute or rice vinegar works too. 

Or the last option is to just leave it out, this recipe doesn’t use a large amount of the wine so the wings will still taste great without it.

The Corn Flour

Instead of using regular flour, I used corn flour to coat these wings. 

Pretty much every wing recipe I see, they use corn flour for them. It just gives you much crispier wings!

Side note, if you’re confused what corn flour is, you probably know it as corns starch. I have no idea why, but it is called corn flour in the UK. 

The Chillies

The best part of the recipe, for me, is the chillies that are added at the end.

You can use whatever kind of chillies you want. I used red chillies, Fresno ones to be more specific, and also green chillies. 

Add as many or as little as you want, make these wings to your taste!

A different view of the salt and pepper wings in the wok
A close up of one single wing

Marinating the chicken

In my video I mentioned that I marinated the wings for 4 minutes.

Don’t be like me. 

You should marinate them for at least 30 minutes. Over night is way better.

I was just in a rush but for no reason at all, I had no where to be.

Leaving the wings to marinate will give you a way better final product so, once again, don’t be like me. 

Want more easy savoury recipes? These are a few of my favourites:

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

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  • For the marinade:
  • 1 kg chicken wings

  • 1 tablespoons Shaoxing wine

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger

  • 2 teaspoons white pepper

  • 2 teaspoons chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice

  • For the flour coating:
  • 250g corn flour

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice

  • For the topping:
  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 green chillies, finely sliced

  • 3 red chillies, finely sliced

  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1/2 tablespoon minced ginger

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Making the marinade:
  • In a large bowl, add in the wings, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and all the seasonings.
  • Mix everything together then cover and leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, overnight is better.
  • Making the flour mixutre:
  • In a bowl, or dish, add the corn flour and the seasonings. Mix these together.
  • With your marinated wings, dredge them in the flour mixture, making sure that every part of the wings are covered. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Frying the wings:
  • You want to fry these in oil that is at 180c/350f. Fry them for about 8-10 minutes.
  • Once they're all fried, leave them aside on a wire rack.
  • The topping:
  • Add a wok onto medium heat. Let the wok heat up, then add about 1 tablespoon of oil to it.
  • Add the onions, chillies, garlic and ginger into this. Let these cook until they've softened slightly.
  • Add your wings into this along with the white pepper, sugar and salt. Toss everything together and then you are done, enjoy!