Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

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Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings are a Chinese takeout classic and one of my favorite recipes to make at home!


Chinese Salt & Pepper chicken wings 🍗 crispy, spicy and better than takeout! #chinesefood #easyrecipe #friedchicken #chickenwing

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Ingredient Tips for Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

  • CORNSTARCH – This is a KEY ingredient in this Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings recipe – the cornstarch dredge dries out the chicken skin, which allows them to get extra crispy when fried! Make sure the chicken wings are covered completely, with no bald spots.
  • WHITE PEPPER – I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)
  • SHAOXING WINE – If you cannot or do not want to use wine, you can sub with sherry, mirin, or chicken stock!
  • CHILI PEPPERS – I used Fresno chili peppers and jalapeños, as I enjoy spicy food and wanted to taste a moderate level of spice. If you are sensitive to spice, I would omit the Fresno chilis and jalapenos and sub with bell peppers instead. If you want to turn up the heat, I would use Thai chili peppers or Serrano chili peppers!

Recipe Tips for Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings


  • You will want to marinate the chicken wings for at least one hour. If you have the time, I would recommend marinating the chicken overnight for maximum results.


  • I learned this the hard way – be very careful when dicing chili peppers! Make sure to wash your hands before and after handling the chili peppers, and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR EYES.


  • Do not let your frying oil drop below 325-350F when frying! I highly recommend you use a thermometer to keep an eye on the temperature. If you see it dropping below 325F, fry your wings in batches. Frying at a low temperature will result in too much moisture (AKA SOGGY Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings!)

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5 from 2 votes

Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Servings: 2
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 15 minutes
Learn how to make authentic, ultra crispy restaurant style Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings with this easy recipe!



  • If using whole chicken wings, separate drums and flats at the joint and marinate with salt, white pepper, shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Cover and marinate for 1 hour or up to overnight for maximum flavor.
  • Dice your fresno chilis and jalapenos (do not touch your eyes!) along with some garlic and ginger and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of corn starch, kosher salt, and white pepper until combined.
  • Dredge your chicken wings in the cornstarch dredge and cover completely, leaving no bald spots.
  • Heat neutral oil to 350F and fry for 5-6 minutes (oil should not drop below 300F) or until the internal temperature of the wings reads 165F. Place on a wire rack and immediately sprinkle with white pepper while hot.
  • To a hot pan, heat 1 tsp of oil and fry garlic and ginger for 15 seconds, followed by your peppers. Stir fry for 1 minute (pan should be relatively dry), then add your chicken wings and toss for 1 minute until the peppers and chicken wings are combined. Garnish with thinly sliced serranos for extra heat and serve!


Calories: 1383kcalCarbohydrates: 130gProtein: 71gFat: 59gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 283mgSodium: 4779mgPotassium: 805mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 843IUVitamin C: 41mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 5mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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  1. 5 stars
    I use to call these Chinese KFC chicken growing up! We use to only be able to get it at a restaurant so I am so happy I get to recreate it at home for my family now!
    I can’t handle a lot of spice so I adjust it to what works for my spice level!