Szechwan Chicken Wings

Menu Part: 
Appetizer
Cuisine Type: 
American
Serves: 
12

These chicken wings are filled with spice and end with a crunch of sesame seeds.

Ingredients

48 oz. chicken drummettes
3 oz. shaoxing wine
0.30 oz. kosher salt
0.15 oz. black pepper
2 oz. canola oil
2 oz. minced garlic
1 oz. minced ginger
1 oz. thinly sliced scallions, some reserved
1 tbsp. finely chopped red jalapeños
1 tbsp. white sesame seeds
1 tbsp. black sesame seeds
1 tsp. Szechwan peppercorn, toasted and ground
1 oz. Shaoxing wine
8 oz. brown sugar
2 oz. sesame oil
1 1/2 oz. soy sauce
1 tsp. Chinese five-spice, toasted
3 tbsp. sambal oelek
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. corn starch

Steps

  1. Marinate chicken wings in Shaoxing wine, salt and pepper for 2 to 4 hours prior to cooking. Keep in refrigerator below 40 F.
  2. In saute pan, heat canola oil close to smoke point. Saute garlic, ginger, scallions and chilies, until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add both types of sesame seeds along with Szechwan peppercorn, five-spice, wine, sugar, soy sauce and sambal. Bring mixture to simmer for about 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  3. Create slurry with 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and water by combining together and whisking until smooth. Add slurry to simmering sauce. Bring back to a boil to fully thicken.
  4. Sauce can be chilled below 40 F for later use, or kept hot for immediate service.
  5. To prepare chicken, drain out excess juices from marinade. Dust chicken with remaining cornstarch. Deep-dry in a 350 F fryer for 6 to 8 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165 F internally.
  6. For immediate service, take chicken wings and place in big metal bowl. Toss liberally with sauce and garnish with reserved scallions.
Source: Microsoft

More From FoodService Director

Managing Your Business
dancing fruit happy

When editor Jill Failla and I sat down to discuss ideas for this month’s cover story, data from FoodService Director’s sister company Technomic was the spark that lit the flame of conversation. She told me the most recent Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report had found that consumers are more willing to order and pay more for items they think are both healthy and tasteful. My questions: OK, what does that look like in practice? How does it factor into operators’ decision-making processes? And what the heck do we call that phenomenon?

After tossing around some ideas, we had it: the...

Menu Development
chili spaghetti

Iconic local dishes like Cincinnati chili may not be entirely healthy, but they are incredibly popular. Across the country, K-12 operators are finding ways to add these foods to their lunch menus while still meeting their nutritional requirements. How are they adapting popular recipes and bringing them to schools—and is it worth it?

Cincinnati chili has been a staple of Mason City Schools lunches for as long as anyone can remember. Located just outside of Cincinnati, the school system serves its chili in two traditional ways: covering a pile of spaghetti, or atop a cheese Coney dog...

Ideas and Innovation
torch flame

There’s more than one way to open a wine bottle. When a corkscrew is nowhere to be found, David Brue—chef de cuisine and production manager for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s central production kitchen in Columbus, Ohio—reaches for his butane torch.

“I can never find a corkscrew anywhere, but for some reason, I always have a torch,” Brue says. “Heat the neck of the bottle carefully, and the cork pops right out.”

Managing Your Business
uconn gluten free bakery

When Amarillo Independent School District opened a central bakery , the foodservice team faced years of challenges: getting a handle on equipment, refining recipes and planning for shrinkage, says Michael Brungo, residential district manager of dining services for Chartwells at the Amarillo, Texas, district. Through trial and error, the right solutions at the bakery—which provides sliced bread and sandwich buns for the district’s 55 schools—rose to the top.

Though kitchens in general can be a minefield of issues, bakeries present some unique challenges thanks in part to the finicky...

FSD Resources