braised chinese chicken wings
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Sticky Braised Chinese Chicken Wings Recipe

Hey everyone! It’s Kevin, bringing you a recipe for finger-licking good braised Chinese chicken wings!

Growing up, along with stir-fried tomato and egg and scallion pancakes, these wings were one of my favorite Chinese dishes that my mom made. They are super sticky and glazed with a sweet and soy sauce that will literally have you licking your fingers afterward! They are so addictive that I can easily eat 1 pound of these wings by myself. I’m so excited to share with you our family recipe for these amazing sticky braised Chinese chicken wings!

braised chinese chicken wings

Let’s Talk Sauce

The sauce used for these braised chicken wings is one of my favorite sauces of all time, and the best part is, it’s really easy to make! All of the ingredients are very commonly used in Chinese cooking, and you should be able to find them at any national grocery store chain, like Whole Foods. The only unfamiliar ingredients might be star anise, found in most spice aisles, and shaoxing wine, which you can replace with dry sherry.

Probably the most unusual step for making the sauce is the first step, where you melt the sugar in oil. You end up with a caramel-like liquid that the wings are then coated in. This is the first step in the braising process.

braised chinese chicken wings

I have a few tips for melting the sugar that will make your life easier. First, right after you add the sugar, use a spatula to spread the sugar into a thin layer, making sure all of it is soaked with oil. After that, just let the sugar heat up until it starts to melt. Once most of the sugar is melted, you’ll probably still have some larger chunks of sugar unmelted. You can use a chopstick or fork (don’t use your spatula) to mix the sugar with the melted sugar to finish melting the remaining sugar.

After the wings are coated with sugar, just add the remaining sauce ingredients and cook covered for 15 minutesit’s that easy! The end result is a thick, sticky sauce that is simply irresistible!

Let’s get started on these sticky braised Chinese chicken wings!

braised chinese chicken wings

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Sticky Braised Chinese Chicken Wings

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Kevin Lee Course: Main DishCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Cooking time

30

minutes

This sticky braised Chinese chicken wings recipe is super easy to make and requires only 30 minutes! The sticky sauce is sweet and savory and so addictive that you’ll be licking your fingers after you’re done!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken wings

  • 1.5 tablespoons cooking oil

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine (can substitute with dry sherry or sake)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 star anise

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • Equipment
  • Large pan or wok with lid

Directions

  • Heat up the pan over medium heat. Add oil and sugar and mix with a spatula until all of the sugar looks “wet” with oilbraised chinese chicken wings sugar soaked
  • Let cook over medium heat until the sugar starts melting into a brown liquid (this should take about 10 minutes). If there are still unmelted chunks of sugar, use a chopstick or fork to swirl the sugar around to help it meltbraised chinese chicken wings melted sugar
  • When all of the sugar is melted and an amber brown color, add the chicken wings and shake the pan a bit to make sure all of the bottoms of the wings are coated with the sugar sauce. Cook for one minute then flip the wings and cook for another minutebraised chinese chicken wings coated with sugar
  • Add the shaoxing wine (Chinese cooking wine) and mix with the chicken using a spatula. Cook for 1 minute
  • Add the soy sauce, star anise, and water. Reduce heat a little bit and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring the chicken every 5 minutesbraised chinese chicken wings almost done
  • Remove the lid and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 2 more minutes. Serve immediately!braised chinese chicken wings done

Notes

  • When working with the melted sugar, avoid using any large surfaced tools, like a spoon or spatula, as the sugar will cool and get stuck to them. Instead, use a single chopstick or fork

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This sticky braised Chinese chicken wings recipe is super easy to make and requires only 30 minutes! The sticky sauce is sweet and savory and so addictive that you'll be licking your fingers after you're done!

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