These Vietnamese Chicken Wings are made with whole chicken wings, baking powder, garlic powder, fish sauce, sugar, limes, mint and cilantro.
Vietnamese wings are often served as an appetizer or snack, and they pair well with a variety of dipping sauces, such as sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce, or soy sauce. They are a delicious and popular dish that can be found in Vietnamese restaurants and other Asian-inspired eateries around the world.
I went to fish cheeks recently in New York City and I was fascinated by their chicken wings. They had a fish sauce taste, with a hint of a sweet flavor.
What are Vietnamese Chicken Wings?
Vietnamese wings are a popular dish that features crispy chicken wings that are typically marinated in a flavorful mixture of fish sauce, garlic, sugar, and other spices. The marinade used in Vietnamese wings typically includes ingredients such as fish sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and chili flakes. The combination of these ingredients gives the wings a unique, umami-rich flavor that is both savory and slightly sweet.
Vietnamese Chicken Wings have become increasingly popular outside of Vietnam in recent years and can now be found in many Vietnamese restaurants and other Asian-inspired eateries around the world. Chefs and home cooks often put their own spin on the dish by adding different ingredients to the marinade or coating the wings in different types of flour or spices. Despite the variations, the dish typically features crispy chicken wings that are both savory and slightly sweet, making it a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack.
- Chicken wings
- Baking powder
- Garlic powder
- Fish sauce
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How to make Vietnamese Chicken Wings
In a ziplock bag, add the chicken wings, baking powder, garlic powder and salt. Toss to combine.
Oven: Add the chicken wings onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven at 425F for 25-30 minutes. You may broil an extra 2-3 minutes after for extra crispiness. Air Fryer: Set the air fryer to 360 degrees F and cook for 12 minutes, then flip the wings with tongs and cook for 12 minutes more. Grill: On medium heat, grill, flipping the wings every 5 minutes, for a total of 20 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile in a saucepan, add the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and sesame oil and bring to a light simmer, for five minutes, until the sugar melts.
Add the wings into a mixing bowl and add the sauce and shake well. Garnish with mint and cilantro.
Hint: You have the option to broil at the end for extra crispy skin.
Chicken Wings: I used whole chicken wings because I find they are extra juicy this way. You can use wingettes or even drumsticks if you prefer.
Baking Powder: The baking powder is essential for getting that crispy skin. I love using this method when it comes to grilling or baking chicken wings.
Garlic powder: You can use garlic powder or onion powder for this.
Fish sauce: The fish sauce is essential for the traditional Vietnamese wing taste. It can be intimidating using this but I promise it is worth it.
Sugar: You can use brown or granulated sugar for this. If you would rather use honey or maple syrup instead of sugar, feel free.
Limes: Use fresh limes for this recipe for best quality taste instead of store bought lime juice.
Vietnamese Chicken Wings Variations
There are many variations of Vietnamese Chicken Wings that can be found in Vietnamese restaurants and home kitchens. Here are some popular ones:
- Lemongrass Vietnamese Chicken Wings: This variation includes lemongrass in the marinade, which adds a citrusy flavor to the wings.
- Sticky Vietnamese Chicken Wings: These wings are coated in a sweet and sticky sauce made from honey, soy sauce, and hoisin sauce.
- Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Wings: For those who like a little heat, these wings are coated in a spicy sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, and fish sauce.
- Garlic Vietnamese Chicken Wings: This variation features a heavy dose of garlic in the marinade, giving the wings a strong and savory flavor.
- Caramelized Vietnamese Chicken Wings: These wings are coated in a caramel sauce made from sugar, fish sauce, and garlic, which gives them a sweet and savory flavor.
- Coconut Vietnamese Chicken Wings: These wings are coated in a mixture of coconut milk, lime juice, and spices, giving them a tropical twist.
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- Baking sheet or wire rack: A baking sheet with a wire rack is perfect to cook the wings in the oven or on a grill.
- Mixing bowl: To mix the marinade ingredients and coat the wings.
- Whisk or fork: To mix the marinade ingredients together.
- Zip-top plastic bag: To marinate the wings.
- Tongs: To flip the wings while cooking.
- Cutting board and knife: To chop ingredients for the marinade and garnish.
- Measuring spoons and cups: To accurately measure out ingredients for the marinade.
- Blender or food processor: To blend the marinade ingredients into a smooth mixture.
How to store Vietnamese Chicken Wings
To store Vietnamese Chicken Wings, follow these simple steps:
- Let the wings cool to room temperature before storing them.
- Place the wings in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag.
- Store the wings in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- If you want to freeze the wings, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for a few hours until they are frozen solid. Then transfer the wings to a zip-top plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- To reheat the wings, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and place the wings on a baking sheet. Heat the wings in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through and crispy.
Vietnamese Chicken Wings Recipe Top tips
Here are some top tips for making Vietnamese Chicken Wings:
- To make the wings extra crispy, bake them on a wire rack instead of directly on a baking sheet. This will allow air to circulate around the wings, which will help them cook evenly and crisp up nicely.
- To make the sauce, taste it as you go and adjust the seasoning to your liking. If it's too salty, add more sugar or lime juice. If it's too sour, add more sugar or fish sauce.
- Garnish the wings with chopped peanuts, sliced scallions, and chopped cilantro for an extra pop of flavor and texture.
- If you're short on time, you can use store-bought Vietnamese fish sauce dipping sauce instead of making your own sauce.
- Finally, make sure to serve the wings hot and crispy for the best texture and flavor. Enjoy!