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Chicken Wings Hunan

Chicken Wings Hunan-Style

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Hunan Cooking
Servings 2 eaters



  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce (must be a light one)
  • 1/4 cup cooking wine (Liaojiu) (rice wine, typically)
  • 1 tsp. salt (to taste)

Main Ingredients

  • 3-5 pcs. chicken wings (as usual, amount can be varied according to taste/hunger)
  • 5 pcs. red chile pepper (large and of medium pungency, should give 1-2 cups when chopped)
  • 10 pcs. garlic cloves (to taste)


  • Cut chicken wings into their sections (or even smaller). Marinade in light soy sauce, cooking wine and salt. Let sit while preparing the other ingredients, turning over once or twice so they get marinated nicely.
  • Wash chile peppers, chop them small. They can be deseeded if wanted, but Hunanese wouldn't bother with that. Put in a bowl or on the side of the chopping board.
  • Peel, crush, and lightly chop the garlic. Also put in a separate bowl or on its own side of the chopping board.
  • By the time the preparation of chile peppers and garlic is finished, the chicken wings are probably also finished marinating. So, time to heat some oil in a frying pan and to get started frying the chicken pieces.
  • When the chicken wings are quite nicely fried brown, add the chile pepper and fry it for about 5 minutes. How long exactly depends on the heat (and water content), it just mustn't get burnt.
  • Towards the end of the cooking time, add the garlic to also fry that for about 2 minutes. If you are unsure about when the cooking time comes to its end, add the garlic sooner. (In the "worst" case, at the same time as the chile pepper.)
  • Serve with rice (and preferably, a vegetable dish)