I love having a takeaway but funds just don’t allow it very often at the moment. I am sure were not the only family in this position neither. At the minute I just can’t justify spending £20-£30 on one meal when that would provide 3-4 meal for my whole family. So I decided I would try to do a fakeaway last night trying my favourite dish salt and pepper chicken wings and I was very pleased with the results.
My favourite take away is Chinese. I jus love it especially salt and pepper chicken wings and nibbles. I decided I was going to try to make my own wings at home. We went shopping and bought some fresh chicken wings costing £2.30 for 10 whole wings and some chinese nibbles costing £2.60. We had all the other ingredients already in.
Ingredients for salt and pepper chicken wings.
About 10 whole wings
1 Red and Green Chilli
1 Small white onions
2 Spring onions
3 Garlic cloves minced
2cm piece of fresh ginger grated
Honey to drizzle over after cooking
Vegetable oil for frying
2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
5 – 6 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper
I prepared all my vegetables first so I diced everything up nice and fine. Once chopped I placed them on plates ready to cook as soon as the chicken started to fry. I also crushed the garlic and grated the ginger as well.
I then prepared my seasoned flour in a large sandwich bag. In the bag I added the flour, five spice and salt and pepper, shake it about and make sure its all combined together. Make sure you bag will fit all your chicken in. Once this was all ready I prepared my chicken by chopping it into two pieces and removing the little tail bit at the end. You then need to wash and dry your chicken.
Once washed and dried it’s time to coat the chicken. You dip each wing in the egg and then place it straight into the flour bag. Do this with all the chicken wings. Seal the bag and move the wings around making sure all the wings are coated in the flour mixture. Once coated you are going to place the wings into a pan of hot vegetable oil and fry for about 15 minutes till they are a nice golden brown colour. You need to move them around in the oil a few times through cooking to stop them sticking and make sure they cook evenly.
Whilst the wings are frying place your onions, chillies, garlic and ginger in a big wok. We used some toasted sesame oil for frying these but a drizzle of normal oil will be ok. You fry them off and soften everything down. A little bit of charring on the edges of the onions is good but you don’t want it fried to a crisp you want to keep the vibrant colours and a little crunch.
When your wings are ready place them on some paper towel to absorb any fat and keep them crispy. You now add the wings to your wok and toss them in you chilli mix. We then added a really good drizzle of honey to make sure they were all coated and some of the chillies start to stick to your wings. Make sure you give them a good mix through so that they start to take on some of the chilli flavour.
Once happy you have tossed and coated them you serve in a large bowl or on a board whatever works for you.