Chinese style chicken wings

恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財

GŌNGXǏ FĀCÁI / KUNG HEI FAT CHOI

Sticky, sweet and aromatic wings!

  • 500g chicken wings, halved
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 40g ginger grated
  • 1 red chilli chopped, remove seeds if you don’t like too much heat
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp five spice paste (you can use the powder if you can’t find the paste)
  • 2 tbsp. hoi sin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. runny honey
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 tbsp. apple juice
  • 1 tsp red food colouring (optional)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • Season the wings with the salt.
  • Place all of the marinade ingredients into a bowl and mix well, I crushed my star anise, but you can leave these whole and remove later.
  • Taste the marinade,  this is important, it should be sweet with a little heat, but make sure there’s enough spice and sweetness.  If not, add a little more soy or honey.
  • Once the marinade tastes great pour it over the wings and mix well. Marinate overnight.
  • To cook, pre-heat oven to highest temperature.
  • Place the wings evenly into an oven dish and pour over the apple juice, make sure you get all of the marinade into the dish.
  • Cover with foil and cook at the highest temperature for 15 mins, then turn to 180 degrees and cook for a another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the wings and place onto another tray lined with parchment, place back into the oven at highest heat.
  • Place the marinade onto the hob and put on a high heat, let this bubble, thicken and reduce. I added another tablespoon of honey to mine.
  • Brush the wings with the marinade and cook until crisp and charred.
  • Stir the rest of the marinade through and serve.