Vietnamese fried chicken wings

A delicious recipe for Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings. The chicken wings are marinated in fishsauce & then fried khổng lồ crispy perfection, served with a sweet & sticky mouthwatering dipping sauce.

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Vietnamese Fried Chicken

My mother used lớn cook a lot with chicken wings when I was younger. I’m not sure if it was just because they were cheap, or if she merely enjoyed cooking them. I certainly enjoyed eating them. She would sometimes make soups and broths using just chicken wings, but often she would marinate them in lemongrass, chilli and garlic before grilling them until they were bronzed and crispy. Just how I would like them.


Fried Chicken Wings

I absolutely adore chicken wings and am guilty of inflicting them on my husband far too often. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and this recipe for Crispy Chicken Wings with Fish Sauce from Real Vietnamese Cooking is a favourite.

Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

The marinade is simply made of finely chopped garlicfish sauce, and the chicken wings are given another hit of lip-smacking saltiness with a hot fish sauce syrup just before serving. Despite the few ingredients used in this recipe, these Vietnamese Fried Chicken Wings are packed with flavour.

How lớn Eat Vietnamese Fried Chicken

In Vietnam, dishes like these are often served as snack food, typically with an ice-cold beer or two. I like to serve chicken wings as part of a meal, often with some steamed Jasmine rice & a vegetable dish alongside. But with my kitchen garden springing into kích hoạt recently with baby lettuce leaves, coriander & a newly acquired perilla plant, a fresh salad can make these fried chicken wings seem more virtuous.

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The original recipe instructs you khổng lồ coat the cooked chicken wings in all of the hot fish sauce syrup. However, depending on how big or small your wings are, the fish sauce syrup might be too salty, so I would instead recommend tossing the chicken wings through only some of the syrup, và to use the remaining syrup as a dipping sauce. Be prepared lớn lick your fingers.

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For the Chicken Wings

Joint the chicken wings và place them into a large zip-lock freezer bag.Add the garlic and fish sauce & give everything a good mix.Place the bag in the fridge & leave to lớn marinate for 1-2 hours.When you are ready lớn cook, pat the chicken wings dry with some kitchen paper.Coat each wing with some cornflour (cornstarch).Heat enough oil in a medium saucepan khổng lồ deep-fry (about 5 cm or 2 inches depth). The oil should reach a temperature of about 175°C/350°F, or it is ready if small bubbles appear when a wooden chopstick is inserted into the oil.Fry the chicken wings in batches for about 5-8 minutes (depending on size) so that they are cooked through completely, và until they are golden & crispy.Drain the chicken wings on a wire rack over a baking tray.Drizzle some of the warm dipping sauce over the chicken wings, reserving the rest as a dipping sauce.

For the Warm Dipping Sauce

Place the garlic, fish sauce, water và sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the mixture becomes syrupy.Be careful not lớn over-cook the sauce, otherwise it will turn into a caramel.Add chillies khổng lồ taste.

Kitchen Notes

CONVERSIONSTo convert from cups khổng lồ grams, & vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.


Serving Size: Nutritional info per servingCalories: 484Sugar: 0.3gSodium: 814.7mgFat: 29.7gCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 0.3gProtein: 22.5gCholesterol: 138.8mg

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This recipe was first published on 4 June 2014. It has been updated with more comprehensive recipe notes.