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Wuxi Chicken Wings Recipe | Daily Cooking Quest

Ingredients to prepare Wuxi chicken wings: chicken wings, ginger, scallion, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, black vinegar, chicken stock, cinnamon, star anise, rock sugar, and salt.

If you love a good chicken wing dish that is finger-licking good, and coated with a sauce that is fully bursting with flavors, and also a Chinese food lover, then you simply must give this Wuxi chicken wings a try.

These chicken wings are easy to prepare, and you will need extra rice to go with it. There’s only me and the hubby eating the whole batch, and the leftover bones are all super clean! And if you are having people coming over, make a triple batch! You will need it.

Seared chicken wings that have been marinated overnight in Shaoxing wine and light soy sauce.

Seared chicken wings that have been marinated overnight in Shaoxing wine and light soy sauce.

What is Wuxi sauce and what goes into the sauce?

Wuxi is a city in China about 2 hours drive from Shanghai. It was an important city historically, especially for its silk production, though nowadays is totally eclipsed by Shanghai. But since this is a food blog, let’s talk a bit about Wuxi sauce instead.

Wuxi sauce is the sauce used in one of Wuxi city’s most popular dishes, Wuxi spareribs/pork ribs. Dishes glazed with this Wuxi sauce has a signature glossy reddish hue, bursting with flavors of spices and rice wine.

A Wuxi sauce dish will commonly include the following ingredients: ginger, scallions, star anise, cinnamon, Shaoxing wine, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese black vinegar, sesame oil, and rock sugar.

How to cook Wuxi chicken wings: (1) Sauté scallions and ginger. (2) Return seared chicken wings into the wok along with chicken stock. (3) Add all Wuxi sauce ingredients and simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken wings.

How to cook Wuxi chicken wings: (1) Sauté scallions and ginger. (2) Return seared chicken wings into the wok along with chicken stock. (3) Add all Wuxi sauce ingredients and simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken wings.

Marinate and sear the chicken wings

The first thing we will need to do is to marinate the chicken wings overnight and then sear them.

1. Marinate chicken wings.

Clean and pat dry chicken wings, then marinate with light soy sauce and Shaoxing wine. Rest for 2 hours and up to one night.

2. Sear chicken wings.

Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken wings until golden brown, and set aside.

Wuxi chicken wings just finished cooking in the wok. Make sure to cook until the sauce is thick and glossy.

Wuxi chicken wings just finished cooking in the wok. Make sure to cook until the sauce is thick and glossy.

Cooking Wuxi chicken wings

Once the chicken wings are seared, we can proceed with turning them into Wuxi chicken wings.

1. Fry aromatics.

Discard some of the oil from the wok and leave only about 2 tablespoon worth, sauté scallions and ginger until fragrant.

2. Cook wings with Wuxi sauce.

Return chicken wings to the wok, add water (or chicken stock), and all the Wuxi sauce seasonings ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens and coats the chicken wings.

3. Add black vinegar.

Add Chinese black vinegar and mix well.

Wuxi chicken wings.

Wuxi chicken wings.

Serving, storing, and reheating

It is best to serve the chicken wings immediately with plenty of steamed white rice. Though if you want to serve these wings as appetizer as is, they are great for that as well.

Any leftover can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The wings should keep well for up to 1 week.

To reheat, simply transfer the wings to a microwave-proof plate/bowl and reheat for 30 seconds.

Wuxi chicken wings.

Wuxi chicken wings.

Next, make some Wuxi spare ribs!

As I mentioned earlier, this sauce is most famously used with pork spare ribs, or pork ribs.

So, if you are up for it, simply switch the chicken wings and use the same exact recipe to prepare the pork version.

The recipe is good for 1 kilogram (2.2. lbs) of pork spare ribs.

Wuxi chicken wings.

Wuxi chicken wings.

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