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Braised Chicken Wings Shanghai-Style

An Easy, Yummy and Healthy Chicken Wing Recipe

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Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Braised Chicken Wings Shanghai-Style 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 (in lieu of starch), ginger, and green onions. I am going to share all the tips and tricks you need to know to make this quick and easy in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Braised Chicken Wings Shanghai Style Recipe

Braised Chicken Wings Ingredients:

Braised Chicken Wing Ingredients
Braised Chicken Wing Ingredients

Chicken Wings – either the 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 – Avocado oil is one of my primary go-to cooking oils, other than olive oil.

Braising Sauce Shaoxing Wine, Natural Soy Sauce (or dark soy sauce), Light Soy Sauce, Zhenjiang Vinegar, and Sugar in the Raw. Together they formulate 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 the essential tips and tricks:

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, and 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.

While waiting, place the chicken wings in a large mixing bowl and add 1/4 cup of arrowroot flour. Use a pair of bamboo spatulas to toss and mix well and set it aside.

Add avocado oil, and use a mini heat-resistant rubber spatula to disperse it.

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

Add green onions and ginger into the pan, and then lay the chicken wings flat on the frying pan.

Let it cook for 3 minutes and flip the chicken wings using a pair of cooking chopsticks or kitchen tongs. Cook the other side for 2 minutes.

Chicken Wings coated with arrowroot flour

The third is to braise the chicken wings with sauce

Pour the sauce from the small bowl onto the chicken wings in a circular motion. Use a flexible slotter to fold and turn for about 15 seconds and then pour in 1 cup of water around the edge of the pan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.

Braise the chicken wings
Braise the chicken wings

The last is to add celery and stir fry for 3-5 minutes

Remove the lid, add celery and stir fry using a slotted turner using fold motion for 3-5 minutes. You shall see the sauce gets thickened 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}

This recipe was inspired by the classic Shanghai-style Braised Pork Chops. If you like this sauce and pork chops, make sure you check it out.

Braised Pork Chops {Hong Shao Da Pai Shanghai Style}
Braised Pork Chops {Hong Shao Da Pai Shanghai Style}

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Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}

Braised Chicken Wings Shanghai Style Recipe

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
  • 3 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • A small piece of ginger, about 10 g, thin sliced, organic preferred
  • 1 green onion stalk
  • 2 celery stems, about 110 g

For the Braising Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 3 tbsp natural aged soy sauce, or dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp turbinado sugar, also known as "sugar in the raw" or cane sugar
  • 1 cup water

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.
    Braised Chicken Wing Ingredients
  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 naturally aged soy sauce, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, Zhenjiang vinegar, and 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 1 minute.
  2. While waiting, place the chicken wings in a large mixing bowl, add the arrowroot flour. Toss and mix well using a pair of bamboo spatulas.
  3. Add avocado oil, and use a mini heat-resistant silicone spatula to disperse it.
    Disperse Avocado Oil on a fry pan
  4. Add green onions and ginger into the pan, lay the chicken wings flat on the pan, and let it cook for 3 minutes.
    Chicken Wings coated with arrowroot flour
  5. Flip the wings using a pair of cooking chopsticks or kitchen tongs and cook for additional 2 minutes.
    Sear Chicken Wings
  6. Mix the braising sauce quickly again and then pour into the pan in a circular motion. Use the slotted turner to fold and mix well and then pour in the 1 cup of water around the edge of the pan.
  7. Use the slotted turner to move the chicken wings around to make sure the water is evenly distributed on the bottom of the pan. Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 10 minutes.
    Braise the chicken wings
  8. Remove the lid, add celery and fold and turn using the slotted turner for 3- 5 minutes or till sauce is thickened and and chicken wings become velveting.
    Freshly braised velveting Chicken Wings
  9. All done! Enjoy these healthy yummy chicken wings.
    Braised Chicken Wings {Easy Yummy Healthy Way}
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 905Total Fat: 66gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 2068mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 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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