Fire up the grill and try this authentic Chinese recipe to make your chicken wings zing, courtesy of Maggie Zhu, author of the Omnivores Cookbook.
- 3 pounds chicken wings
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine (or Japanese sake)
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl.
- Add chicken wings into a large ziplock bag. Pour in the marinade. Massage the bag to evenly disperse the marinade. Let marinate for at least 2 hours, or in the fridge overnight.
- To cook on the grill
- Create a two zone cooking area; one with a medium fire, and an area for indirect heat.
- Arrange wings over direct fire. You’ll probably need to cook in two batches. Cook until both sides turn golden. Flip twice and rearrange the wings if necessary. Move wings to indirect heat. Cook until cooked through.
- Brush a thin layer of honey over both sides of each wing. Return wings to direct heat. Cook briefly so that chicken skin caramelizes. Transfer to a serving tray immediately. Continue to cook the remaining batch.
- Serve warm as appetizer or snack.