So I have a jar of Chinese 5 spice, you say (or maybe not) what is Chinese 5 spice any way…well I’m here to tell you, it is made up of 5 spices, hence the name 🙂
Spices are Star Anise, Cloves, Chinese Cinnamon, Fennel and Sichuan Pepper…lets talk about this Sichuan Pepper…do you know its not a pepper (like black pepper or chili) it’s husks of a tiny fruit from an Ash tree. Wikipedia it see for you self.
Okay enough chit chat, so I wanted to fix wings for the weekend and I wanted something different and so I opened up my pantry and there is was this Chinese 5 spice, what I know I only used once 🙂
So that is were I started and if you like Chinese 5 spice then you will like these wings…and if you never tried it well then give it a try.
add to the marinade and refrigerator
6 whole chicken wings, which makes 12 wing pieces
1/2 tsp sirircha, now if like things a little more spicy then add more
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. chinese 5 spice
4 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup chicken broth
You can use a baking dish or a ziploc bag to marinate the wings in, I just used a baking dish and turned the wings every hour. I would have used a bag if I was going to marinate overnight; place in refrigerator.
So in your baking dish or bag add all ingredients except chicken wings, whisk until well combined or shake your bag up, then set aside.
I like buying whole wings, but you can certainly buy them already cut into pieces. (I use the little wing tip to make stock, I’ll save those and anything from the a whole chicken I might not use and freeze them until I get enough to make so stock)
Toss the wings in the marinade and refrigerate over night or for at least 3-4 hours, if you use a baking dish, just turn them around in the marinade a few times.
Place the wings and marinade in a baking dish, I then add the chicken broth so the marinade does not dry up and burn, heat oven to 400 degrees, and bake for 15 minutes, then flip the wings over and bake 15 more minutes at this point then are done.
But I like them a little crispy so I take them out of the baking dish and put them on a sheet pan place them back in the oven for a few minutes then I will take them back out, roll them around in the marinade again and then place them back on the sheet pan in the oven for a few more minutes. This is up to you and how you like your wings. These are also great on the grill, so fire that up when you can too 🙂
So grab a cold one, have some Chinese 5 Spice wings and enjoy!!!