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Chongqing Chicken Wings

Chongqing Chicken Wings

These wings are mind numbingly good… literally.

To make the seasoning:

  1. Combine sichuan peppercorns, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, star anise, cardamom pods, whole cloves, salt, and cayenne pepper in a pan then toast for 5 minutes on medium heat while stirring regularly.
  2. Make mushroom powder by roughly chopping dashi and dried mushrooms then grinding in a mortar and pestle or better yet a coffee grinder just for spices.
  3. Mix with sugar and mushroom powder then grind.

Toasting Spices

Finished Seasoning

The wings are simple:

  1. In batches of about 10, fry for 8 minutes in vegetable oil at 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 T of the hot cooking oil you’re using to fry with and 1 T of seasoning. Add wings and toss until coated thoroughly.

Tossing Wings

Plated Wings

  • 4 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 T whole sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 T cumin seeds
  • 3 T fennel seeds
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 black cardamom pods
  • 1 t whole clove
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 2 T cayenne pepper
  • 1 1” square dashi kombu
  • 1 oz stemmed, dried shiitake mushrooms
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