Japanese-Style Chicken Wings (Teba No Karaage)

Japanese-Style Chicken Wings

Japanese Fried Chicken
Sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper, adds kick to these sake-and-mirin-marinated wings. A fresh squeeze of lemon brightens them up for serving. Get the recipe for Japanese-Style Chicken Wings »Nicole Franzen

To achieve a crispy crust on his fried chicken, Sylvan Brackett, chef-owner of Izakaya Rintaro in San Francisco, uses potato starch. Sansho, the Japanese equivalent of Sichuan pepper, adds kick to the wings.

Japanese-Style Chicken Wings (Teba No Karaage)
The secret to Sylvan Brackett's Japanese fried chicken wings: Potato starch and sansho.
Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 4 lb. chicken wings, separated at the joint, wing tips removed
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. mirin
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sake
  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (6") piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 12 cup turbinado sugar
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 34 cup potato starch
  • Ground sansho, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  1. Toss wings, 2 tbsp. each mirin and sake, the sesame oil, granulated sugar, salt, garlic, and ginger in a bowl; cover and chill 4 hours.
  2. Combine remaining mirin and sake, the soy sauce, and turbinado sugar in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat; cook until reduced by half, about 1 hour. Transfer sauce to a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap; keep warm. Heat 2" canola oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium until a deep-fry thermometer reads 320°. Toss wings with potato starch, shaking off excess; working in batches, fry wings until crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer wings to paper towels to drain. Toss wings with reserved sauce; transfer to a platter and sprinkle with sansho. Serve with lemon wedges.