Spicy Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings – Chinese Style

Spicy Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings – Chinese Style

Spicy Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings – Chinese Style


Super authentic Chinese takeaway style Salt & Pepper wings!

Recreate Chinese takeaway Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings at home with this easy authentic recipe! Authentic flavours of Chinese 5 spice, Szechuan Peppercorns, mixed chillies and peppers and crispy garlic! You will be licking your fingers and eating the garnish!

Impress your friends at your next gathering by ditching the takeout and showing up with these homemade showstopper Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings!

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salt and pepper wings

Wing Wednesday!

Welcome to this new and ongoing Wing Wednesday series! I am a huge chicken wing fan and have so many flavours to share with you. I will be posting a new wing recipe every Wednesday until further notice! Yep, you heard that right – I will be posting WINGS EVERY WEDNESDAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 😉

If you are a wing lover too be sure to check out my other chicken wing recipes!

Lemon Pepper Wings! Are one of my favourites, my recipe includes a homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning!!!

What wings do you want to see next week? Let me know in the comments 🙂

salt and pepper wings

What Do I Need?

  • Szechuan Peppercorn – These fragrant peppercorns provide a subtle spicy floral flavour to any dish. This ingredient is key to Chinese salt and pepper dishes.
  • Chillies and Peppers – I used a combination of peppers and chillies because I like it hot. I used red chilli, green chilli, serrano peppers, freshno and jalapeno of the green and red variety. You can choose any peppers you like dependant on your spice tolerance and taste. The chillis and peppers I have mentioned are mild to medium.
  • Spring Onion and Garlic – Classic Chinese ingredients! They provide the best flavour to these wings. I love eating the garnish at the bottom of a Chinese takeaway box!
  • Chinese 5 Five Spice – The delicious Chinese spice is delicious in so many things. It is made up of cloves, star anise, Chinese cinnamon and fennel seed. providing a truly unique flavour profile.
  • MSG – This ingredient is controversial I know! But believe it or not MSG is not as bad for you as you may think. It gets a bad rep but it can be used in moderation with no unwanted affects. If you want authentic tasting Chinese style Salt and Pepper Wings adding MSG is a must. As Uncle Roger says MSG is the king of flavour!!! And I have to say I do agree!

For the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wing Coating you need:

  • 1/2 cup corn flour;
  • 1/3 cup rice flour;
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt;
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper;
  • 2 teaspoon schechuan peppercorn;
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne;
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger;
  • 1 teaspoon five spice;
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder; and
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder.

Add everything to a bowl and add each wing in and coat well, shake off the excess and set aside to a plate. You can bake or fry the wings. baked is healthier but takes longer. Frying takes half the time but adds calories! If you have an air fryer you can also use this.

chopped chilli garlic and sprinf onion

How to Make Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings!

  1. Marinate the wings in shoashing wine, chopped fresh ginger and garlic, five spice, salt, pepper and crushed Szechuan peppercorns. Leave to marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  2. In a bowl combine the two flours and seasonings and set aside. Drain the wings from the excess marinade and coat in the flour.
  3. Preheat sunflower oil to 180°C. Place no more than 10 wings in the pot and fry for 8-10 minutes.
  4. For a healthier version, bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 45 minutes.

For the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings Garnish –

  1. Heat some oil in a wok and fry the chopped garlic, chillies, peppers and spring onions for a couple of minutes until crispy.
  2. Add the crispy wings to the wok and toss with the garnish, msg, Chinese five spice and ground Szechuan peppercorn.
salt and pepper wings

Tips & Tricks

  • Wash your chicken and dry thoroughly before adding the flour coating. The dryer the chicken wings are the crispier the results will be.
  • Bake your wings on a rack over a baking tray lined with baking paper to catch the oil. This also helps the wings crisp up properly all over and not just on the top.
  • If you don’t have rice flour you can make your own by simply grinding rice in a spice grinder until you have a flour consistency. Or you can buy it from a Chinese supermarket. My favourites are Wing Yip and Loon Fung
  • Alternatively, you can use a light coating of corn flour and baking powder if you dont have rice flour. This technique also provides brilliant crunch.

FlavOil – High Oleic Sunflower Oil

When I fry my wings I use one of my new favourite oils, I recently discovered on instagram. Flavoil is a high oleic sunflower oil perfect for cooking and marinades.

Flavoil provides the perfect frying oil. A less calorific and much lighter oil which is odourless and almost tasteless.

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spicy salt and pepper wings

Serving Suggestions –

Chicken Wings are great for parties, movie nights and even a low carb snack. I love making chicken wings when I am on a diet just leave out the flours and you have a delicious and keto friendly snack!

Eat these Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings alone or amongst other wings and sides!

I love wings and could eat them all day everyday! Which is funny because I’m not a huge chicken fan but the wings just get me going!

Looking for more Chicken Wings? Check out my favourites:

Do you love wings? What’s your favourite flavour? Let me know in the comments!

Chinese Style Spicy Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Spicy, salty and garlicky these classic Chinese takeaway wings are addictive!
Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Marinade Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


  • Baking rack and tray
  • Baking paper
  • Chopping board
  • Sharp knife
  • Metal bowls
  • Frying pan


Chicken Wing Marinade

  • 20 chicken wings drums and flats
  • ¼ cup shaoshing wine
  • 1 thumb size ginger minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 five spice
  • 1 tsp schechuan peppercorn crushed
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • salt
  • pepper

Flour Coating

  • ½ cup corn flour
  • cup rice flour
  • 1 tsp celery salt;1
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp schechuan peppercorn
  • 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and Pepper Garnish

  • 4 cloves garlic finely sliced
  • 1 red serrano chilli pepper diced or rounds
  • 1 green serrano chilli pepper diced or rounds
  • 1 jalapeno rounds
  • 1 red chilli rounds
  • 1 spring onion green part only
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 spice
  • ½ tsp schechuan peppercorn crushed
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ½ tsp MSG


Chicken Wing Marinade

  • Wash your chicken and dry throughly with kitchen roll. Separate the wings into drums and flats and remove the wing tip if still attached using a meat cleaver.
  • Marinate the wings in shoashing wine and other marinade ingredients. Leave to marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours
  • In a bowl combine the two flours and all the coating seasonings mix well and set aside.
  • Remove the wings from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking if you can.
  • Drain the wings from the excess marinade and coat in the flour.
  • Lay the wings on a rack sitting on a baking tray to catch the oil and fat.
  • If frying preheat sunflower oil to 180°C. Place no more than 10 wings in the pot at a time and fry for 8-10 minutes.
  • For a healthier version, bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 45 minutes.

Salt and Pepper Garnish

  • Heat some oil in a wok and add the chopped garlic, chilli and peppers and fry until crispy about 2-5 minutes.
  • Before removing from the heat add the spice mix and MSG and toss together with the wings until coated.


  • Bake your wings for a healthier version and just as much crisp. 
  • Use a rack to bake your wings so the chicken wings are elevated and can crisp up properly. 
  • Line your tray with baking paper or foil to catch the oil for less clean up!
Author: Daniel Devereux
Cost: £5
Course: Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Cheap, Chicken, Chinese, Party food, Savoury, Sides, Snacks, Spicy, Wings

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