Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Sara Slavin
Fried chicken wings aren't particularly Asian; in fact, the technique Charles uses here was borrowed from Matt and Ted Lee, the South Carolina-born brothers and cookbook writers. But the lime-chile sauce is a traditional Vietnamese condiment. "Nothing pairs better with these wings than a cold beer," Charles adds.


Serves 4 to 6
Total time: 50 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 214
Caloriesfromfat 65 %
Protein 13 g
Fat 16 g
Satfat 3.3 g
Carbohydrate 5.1 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Sodium 187 mg
Cholesterol 39 mg


9 chicken wings, separated at joints, tips trimmed or saved for stock
About 1/2 tbsp. coarse sea salt
Canola oil for deep frying
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons Toasted Garlic


1. Put wings in a shallow bowl, sprinkle evenly with 1/2 tbsp. salt, cover, and chill overnight. Drain wings, then dry with paper towels. Bring to room temperature.

2. Pour oil to a depth of 2 in. into a wok or high-sided pot and heat over high heat to 375° on a deep-fry thermometer.

3. Put cornstarch in a bowl and season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add wings and toss to coat, shaking off excess.

4. Add wings to hot oil and fry 6 to 10 minutes, until deep golden brown and cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, transfer wings to paper towels to drain briefly. Transfer to a bowl and toss with toasted garlic and more salt and pepper. Serve with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, without dipping sauce.

Charles Phan,

Adapted from Vietnamese Home Cooking, copyright 2012 by Charles Phan,


August 2012
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