These braised chicken wings are really good appetizers, they are very good finger food and the best this is that the recipe is simple because you do not need to marinate. For the ingredients get the chicken wings, slices of ginger, Sichuan peppercorns, bay leaves, rock sugar or you can use regular sugar instead, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cooking wine if you cannot use cooking wine use chicken stock instead. For the
chicken wings wash them clean and place them on the chopping board and in order to get the flavours in there, poke them a little bit using a knife.

To braise the chicken wings, get cold water in a saucepan and add the chicken wings in then wash your hands and now turn the heat on to high and bring it to a boil. Meanwhile, skim the top after three minutes you can add ginger, rock sugar, bay leaves, star anise, Sichuan peppercorn, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. If you do not have the dark soy sauce just use the light soy sauce this is for colour and Shaoxing cook wine and salt.

The reason you use both soy sauce and salt is that they season differently soy sauce gives some flavour and colour and just mix it well and turn it to medium-low and cover it and cook for about 25 minutes.

After about 25 minutes the chicken wings are done technically you can eat now but to make them more flavourful to soak all the flavours just turn to the lowest heat to simmer for another 25 to 30 minutes. After about 30 minutes of soaking and simmering the chicken wings are ready.

Serve them to a plate and enjoy, the chicken is supposed to be tender perfectly done and you can taste all of the spices and the little bit of rock sugar that really balances the flavours. Try to make it so simple and braising is a good way to make food and you just set it to leave it and let it cook.


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 3 and 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 pieces of rock sugar or 1 tsp regular sugar
  • 4 ginger slices
  • 1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce (substitute with light soy if not available)
  • 2 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine (substitute with chicken stock if you can’t have alcohol)
  • 1/2 tsp salt