Crispy Sichuan Pepper Chicken Wings

Potato flour is the quick and easy path to 'crisp' in Japanese cooking. Whether deep frying crispy tofu to make Japanese agedashi tofu (delicious) or coat chicken wings, I always rely on on a quick and simple coating of potato flour. There's no need to mix a batter, and the potato flour coating puffs up beautifully and stays crisp for a long time.

These wings are marinated in a mixture of sake, mirin, ginger and garlic before cooking. Then they are tossed in a potato flour mixed with Sichuan pepper for a hint of spice, before deep frying.

Thermapen thermometer is one of the best tools for making wings (and pretty much any other cooking task). Getting the frying temperature spot on will ensure the wings cook through whilst keeping a perfect golden colour and crispy crust. And secondly, by checking the temperature of the cooked wings, you'll be 100% confident that every piece of chicken is perfectly cooked.

The wings Serves: 2

  • 6 large chicken wings, cut into 12 pieces (wing tips removed) (around 700g in total)
  • Marinade
  • 15g ginger
  • 15g garlic
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 2 tsp sake
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

To fry



  1. Mix together the marinade ingredients and toss with the wings. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes (or even a few hours)
  2. Roughly grind the Sichuan peppercorns and toss together with potato flour in a large bowl. Add the wings and use your hands to coat well.
  3. Heat the oil to 160 C. Gently lower in the wings. You may need to fry them in two batches depending on the size of your pan. Fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown and the temperature at the centres of the wings read at least 80C. Using a slotted spoon, lift out onto paper towels to drain and cool for a few minutes. Serve.
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  • Is potato flour also the secret why some donuts, tofu, pancakes and creamed desserts are silkier than others?

    Renee E. Cope on

  • Yippee! So pleased you enjoyed it.

    nicola on

  • This recipe is extremely easy and absolutely delicious.

    Carol on

  • The potato flour is actually potato starch, however in recipes it is most commonly called ‘potato flour’ hence why we call it that. We find potato flour / starch makes the wings more crispy than with cornstarch. However you can try with cornstarch too.

    nicola on

  • Hi, I haven’t got potato flour on hand and I’ve never seen it in shops in my area despite looking a few times. Is yours actual potato flour (i.e. whole, dehydrated, powdered potato) or potato starch? If the latter, I wonder whether I can replace it with cornstarch?


    Adam on

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