Crispy fried chicken wings in a light batter, finished with a spicy salt and pepper topping. These wings make a brilliant starter, side dish or addition to a Chinese banquet.

Overhead image of crispy salt and pepper chicken wings on a white plate on a rustic metal surface. There is a green napkin and a small gold dish with some of the chilli-salt-pepper topping in it.

I love a good salt & pepper-style recipe. The spicy part of a salt & pepper dish (the part with the chillies and onions in) is usually added at the end of the recipe – by being spooned on top.
This means it’s easy to serve to people who don’t like spicy food (just leave the topping off and serve theirs up first), then add the topping for those who like it.

These wings are coated and fried to ensure we get a lovely crispy batter. The batter has got a nice hint of Chinese five spice, which is fragrant and warming (but not spicy-hot).

How to make them

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. First we chop up the chicken wings to get mini-wings and drumettes (or you may be able to buy them ready-chopped).
Chicken wings about to be cut into two pieces on a white chopping board
Chicken wings being cut into two pieces on a white chopping board
  1. Next we prepare a dry coating (see recipe card) and coat the wings in the dry coating.
  2. Now here comes the fun bit – next we add a few more dry ingredients plus half a cup of water to any leftover dry mix in the bowl – this will result in a wet batter.
  3. Dip the dry-coated wings into the wet batter, then fry in hot oil, until crisp. Then drain.
  4. While the chicken is frying, we make the topping by frying up garlic, chillies, spring onion and salt.
  5. Spoon the chilli mixture over the fried chicken wings and serve.

👩‍🍳PRO TIP You’ll probably need to cook the chicken in 2 or 3 batches, so keep them warm in a low-heated oven while you’re cooking the rest.

Tall side-on image of crispy salt and pepper chicken wings on a white plate on a rustic metal surface. There is a green napkin and a small gold dish with some of the chilli-salt-pepper topping in it at the top of the frame.

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Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Crispy fried chicken wings in a light batter, finished with a spicy salt and pepper topping. These wings make a brilliant starter, side dish or addition to a Chinese banquet.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20 wings
Course: Appetizer, Starter
Cuisine: Chinese

Ingredients

  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) chicken wings
  • 60 g (½ cup) cornflour (cornstarch in USA)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 60 g (½ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 ½ tsp Chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar
  • 120 ml (½ cup) cold water
  • 240 ml (1 cup) oil for frying

Spicy topping:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 small bunch spring onions sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 green chilli chopped finely
  • 1 red chilli chopped finely
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to its lowest setting – this is for keeping the wings warm, as you’ll need to cook in two batches.
  • Cut each wing at the joint so you have a mini wing and a drumette.
    2.2 lbs (1 kg) chicken wings
  • Mix the cornflour, baking powder, garlic salt, pepper, and paprika together in a large bowl.
    60 g (½ cup) cornflour, ½ tsp baking powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, ½ tsp ground black pepper, ½ tsp paprika
  • Place the chicken wings in the bowl and toss to coat them evenly in the coating. Remove the wings from the bowl and place on a plate.
  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat – ready for frying the wings.
    240 ml (1 cup) oil for frying
  • Add the flour, Chinese five spice, rice vinegar, and water to the remaining cornflour that’s left in the bowl and mix, using a balloon whisk until combined. This gives is the second coating for the chicken.
    60 g (½ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour, 1 1/2 tsp Chinese five spice, 1 tbsp Chinese rice vinegar, 120 ml (½ cup) cold water
  • Dip a chicken wing in the wet batter and turn to coat. Allow any excess batter to drip off and carefully add the chicken wing to the hot oil to deep fry.
  • Repeat with the remaining wings. You should be able to cook up to 10 chicken wings at a time if your pan is large enough.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes, moving the chicken around in the pan a couple of times, with a set of tongs, to prevent it from sticking together.
  • Place the first batch of wings on a tray and place in the oven to keep warm, while you cook the second batch.
  • Repeat with the remaining wings.
  • While the wings are cooking, make the topping.
  • Add the oil to a small frying pan and heat over a medium heat.
    1 tbsp oil
  • Add the spring onions, chillies, salt, and garlic into the hot pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant. Turn off the heat.
    1 small bunch spring onions, 1 green chilli, 1 red chilli, ½ tsp salt, 2 cloves garlic
  • Once the wings are ready, transfer to a serving plate and spoon over the chilli topping, then serve.

Notes

Nutritional information is approximate, per wing, presuming approx 60ml (1/4 cup) of of is absorbed during the frying process.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 114IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Second time I’ve made these! First time they were too salty for me. This time I cut the salt down and they were brilliant. I used M&S chicken wings which are cheap and very meaty. I gave some to my Mum and Dad and they both loved them; asking what flavours they could taste (Chinese 5 spice)! Will be making again soon. First time I made a blue cheese dip to go with them, which was delish! Thanks 🤩

    1. Hi Alison, I have a separate recipe for boneless salt and pepper chicken here.
      This one uses thigh fillets, rather than breast. You can use breast if you prefer, but I find it dries out more quickly than thigh meat for a recipe like this.