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An Easy, Yummy and Healthy Chicken Wing Recipe

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Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Braised Chicken Wings feature velveting, meat-off -the bone chicken wings braised in a savory sauce. A naturally delicious chicken wing dish using simple healthy ingredients such as superfood arrowroot flour, ginger, and green onions. Learn all the tips and tricks to make this quick and easy in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Braised Chicken Wings Ingredients:

Braised Chicken Wing Ingredients
Braised Chicken Wing Ingredients

Chicken Wings – either first or second sections of the wings are fine.

Arrowroot flourArrowroot flour is my go-to superfood gluten-free starch. It serves as the coating when we pan fry chicken wings first. It is also the secret behind the velveting chicken wings.

Green Onions and Gingers – Two delicious and healthy spices I almost use every day.

Cooking Oil – I use avocado oil in this recipe. Canola oil is another oil I use often for everyday cooking.

Braising Sauce Shaoxing Wine, Natural Soy Sauce (or dark soy sauce), Light Soy Sauce, Zhenjiang Vinegar, and Sugar in the Raw. Together they become this savory sauce with a hint of sourness and sweetness.

Garnishing – Fresh crunchy celery complements chicken wings very well. It provides contrast in color, taste, and texture.

How to make Braised Chicken Wings easy, delicious, and healthy?

See the Recipe for a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Here are a few highlights:

The first is to prepare chicken wings and other ingredients

For frozen chicken wings, thaw them thoroughly inside the fridge in advance. Then wash and rinse well and pat dry.

Wash and rinse celery, green onions, and ginger well. Slice celery into about 2-inch long julienne thin cuts. Cut green onions into small pieces. Slice and dice ginger into small pieces.

Prepare Celery, Green Onions and Ginger
Prepare Celery, Green Onions and Ginger

Add natural soy sauce, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, Zhenjiang vinegar, sugar in a small bowl, mix well and set aside.

The second is to Pan Fry and Sear the Chicken Wings

Turn the heat to medium and heat a hard-anodized fry-pan for 2 minutes. Add avocado oil, use a mini heat-resistant rubber spatula to disperse it.

Disperse Avocado Oil on a fry pan
Disperse Avocado Oil on a fry pan

Add green onions and ginger into the pan. Dip the chicken wing, one piece at a time, into the arrowroot flour bowl and then lay flat on the pan.

Dip chicken wings into arrowroot flour
Dip chicken wings into arrowroot flour

Do this to all the chicken wings. Then let it cook for 3 minutes.

Chicken Wings coated with arrowroot flour
Chicken Wings coated with arrowroot flour

Flip the chicken wings and cook the other side for 3 minutes.

The third is to braise with sauce

Pour in the water and the sauce, stir to mix. Then cover the lid and cook for 13 minutes.

Braise the chicken wings
Braise the chicken wings

The last is to add celery and stir fry for 2-3 minutes

Remove the lid, add celery and stir fry using a slotted turner fold motion for 2-3 minutes. You shall see the sauce gets thicker and chicken wings become velveting.

Freshly braised velveting Chicken Wings
Freshly braised velveting Chicken Wings

All done! Enjoy these healthy yummy chicken wings.

Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}
Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

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Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Braised Chicken Wings feature velvet meat-off -the bone chicken wings braised in a savory sauce. A naturally delicious chicken wing dish using simple healthy ingredients such as superfood arrowroot flour, ginger, and green onions. 

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken wings, about 14 pcs
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 7 tbsp arrowroot flour, about 0.4 cup
  • 10 g ginger, thin sliced
  • 1 green onion stalk
  • 2 celery stems, about 110 g

For the Braising Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 4 tbsp natural soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar in the raw

Instructions

Prepare Chicken Wings and Other Ingredients:

  1. For frozen chicken wings, thaw them thoroughly inside the fridge in advance. Then wash and rinse well and pat dry.
  2. Wash and rinse celery, green onions, and ginger well. Slice celery into about 2-inch long julienne thin cuts. Cut green onions into small pieces. Slice and dice ginger into small pieces.
    Prepare Celery, Green Onions and Ginger
  3. Make the Braising Sauce: Add natural soy sauce, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, Zhenjiang vinegar, sugar in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.

Pan Fry and Sear the Chicken Wings:

  1. Turn the heat to medium and heat a hard-anodized fry-pan for 2 minutes. Add avocado oil, use a mini heat-resistant rubber spatula to disperse it.
    Disperse Avocado Oil on a fry pan
  2. Add green onions and ginger into the pan. Dip the chicken wing, one piece at a time, into the arrowroot flour bowl and then lay flat on the pan.
    Dip chicken wings into arrowroot flour
  3. Do this to all the chicken wings. Then let it cook for 3 minutes.
    Chicken Wings coated with arrowroot flour
  4. Flip the wings to the other side and cook for additional 3 minutes.
    Sear Chicken Wings
  5. Add the water into the pan, stir and mix the braising sauce quickly and then pour into the pan. Fold the sauce into the wings using a slotted turner. Add the lid and cook for 13 minutes.
    Braise the chicken wings
  6. Remove the lid, add celery and stir fry using a slotted turner in a fold motion for 2-3 minutes. You shall see the sauce gets thicker and chicken wings become velveting.
    Freshly braised velveting Chicken Wings
  7. All done! Enjoy these healthy yummy chicken wings.
    Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 883Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 2068mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 40g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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Samuel Ouma April 4, 2021 - 6:33 am

So a delicious dish even though I haven’t tasted. I believe that by tasting, I will consume four servings by myself…….

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