You might need some extra hand wipes for this post. Or you just might want to skip this recipe all together because the thought of fish sauce makes you scrunch your nose and cringe. If you love chicken wings, but you’re not a fan of fish sauce, please wait. Don’t turn away just yet. Give us a chance to make our case, hopefully to get yourself to the kitchen to make a batch!
A few years ago our friendLara Ferroni met up with us for lunch while we were in Portland. She suggested one of her favorites, Pok Pok. When there we ordered the Vietnamese fish sauce chicken wings and our minds were blown. The intense flavors of the fish sauce really came through, balanced with the sweet and garlic layers.
We’ve always been hugs fans of fish sauce and devouring this platter of Vietnamese fish sauce wings in 2 minutes flat was quite shameful. It’s one of those dishes that we can’t eat with finesse.
Since then, we created our own version to add to our chicken wing obsession. Over the years, we’ve created many chicken wing recipes with fish sauce, but none that was intense enough with fish sauce flavor. And this new recipe is inspired from those amazing fish sauce chicken wings from Pok Pok.
What makes our fish sauce chicken wings so different is that they’re really sticky, the type that leaves you licking your fingers and asking for extra napkins. But what makes them special to our taste is that we’ve added just a little less fish sauce so that it’s not so salty and have added some layers of fresh lime juice, vinegar and honey for sticky sweetness. And we didn’t add garlic. Why no garlic? because there’s so much flavor in this, we don’t need it. Well, not exactly. There is the chili garlic sauce we added for a touch of kick and the garlic in one shot. All the flavors of everything come through beautifully.
These are the type of Asian fish sauce chicken wings that has just enough fish sauce flavor, but not to where it’s over bearing. With the honey, fresh lime juice and vinegar, the sauce isn’t all about the fish sauce. Just enough to have a salty, umami, need to eat another 3 or 4 wings kick. With a beer.
All you taste is an amazing explosion of chicken wing flavor. Your mouths will sing! And bellies, happy! Oh, one more thing, don’t forget the beer to wash it all down with.
Give these a try!
-diane and todd
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Here’s a quick video showing us making the Sticky Asian Chicken Wings using baked chicken wings:
Sticky Asian Fish Sauce Chicken Wings
Yield: Serves 2-3
Total Time: 30 Minutes
If you prefer to bake your chicken wings, feel free to bake them and then toss with the sauce in the skillet after. For baking we'll usually bake at 425 degrees F for 40-50 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
Chicken wing ingredients
- 2 pounds (910g) chicken wings, rinsed and patted dry
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup (120 - 180ml) cornstarch, for tossing the wings with
- oil for frying (we prefer grape seed oil or other high flashpoint oil)
- optional, chopped cilantro to garnish
Sticky fish sauce ingredients
- Toss the wings with the cornstarch to coat, shaking off excess cornstarch.
- Heat about 2-inches of oil in a large pot to 375°F. Fry in batches for about 8 minutes per batch, or until golden and cooked through. Make sure to turn the wings a couple times while cooking so they cook evenly.
- Combine all of the sauce ingredients (ketchup, honey, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, lime juice, and rice vinegar).
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sauce and the cooked wings and toss to coat. Cook for about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens and becomes sticky.
- Serve hot garnished with chopped cilantro if desired.