Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chicken Wing Sequel

9 Spices Fried Chicken Wings

DSC_3899After I finished the chicken wing rice bowl last week, I had more tasks to do with the remaining wings. No way am I going to let them go to waste.DSC_3887

First I gathered all the bones from middle parts and wing tips in a pot and simmered to make soup stock. While it’s simmering I prepared the chicken wing base – looks like mini drum stick - to be fried. I get that frying can be fattening but they are very teeny, I’m not afraid…should I be?

Modified version of Masahiro Kasahara’s boiled then fried chicken wing recipe is tender and flavorful with nine spices. Adjust spices according to your own taste buds.

Ingredients and Instruction for 8 fried chicken wings (Print Recipe here)

  • 8 chicken wing base/tebamoto (手羽元)
    Chicken wings: as whole shown in the top of the picture, chicken wing base is on the bottom left. Followed by middle/tebachu (手羽中) and tip/tebasaki (手羽先) on right…now you know all about chicken wings, right? Excellent!
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1 Tablespoon salt


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch


  • 1-1/2 cup low viscosity flour (薄力粉)
  • 3 Tablespoons bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon each of sage, thyme,  nutmeg, oregano and basilDSC_4013Not showing white pepper


  • Oil for frying
  1. Put chicken wing base, water, sake and salt in a pot to boil. When it starts to boil, reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes then *leave in pot to cool to room temperature. *Do not skip this process.
    Note: I strip the meat from bone and flipped over so that skin is inside and shaped like a lollipop.
  2. While the chicken wings are cooling, combine milk, egg and cornstarch in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk flours, salt, white pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger, sage, thyme, nutmeg, oregano and basil in a bowl to combine. Set aside.DSC_3875
  4. Heat oil to 338F in heavy deep pan. Pat the chicken wings base dry with paper towels.
  5. Wet chicken wing base with milk mixture #2. Dredge with flour/spice mixture #3. Fry them until golden brown; about 3 minutes. Receive in a layered paper towel to remove excess oil. Note: Chicken wings base is already fully cooked in process #1 so not to worry about its doneness.DSC_3879 DSC_4029 I didn’t do lollipop style with these. DSC_4039

Making homemade chicken brothDSC_3917

Put scrap of bones and chicken wing tips (see previous post) in a pan. Pour 1000 ml water, 1/2 cup sake, 1 teaspoon salt and add 2x4 inch sheet of kelp. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer for 20 minutes. Skim off any white foamy scum that appears on top with spoon. Strain through sieve. This will keep in the refrigerator for about a month.

I used this broth in Okonomi yaki (Japanese savory pancake) batter in place of dashi stock.

The Okonomi yaki recipe was better than  I expected. I think I will write about it in the future.

Other food blogger’s recipe – I recovered asparagus buried  in the refrigerator the other day, oh goody, it is still good! I asked my husband to challenge this dish, Delizioso! DSC_4021

My son and his wife in Japan sent me a fancy gâteau (cookie) set. So light that it may not have contained any calories at all? You wish! DSC_4016

Have a wonderful rest of the week!




  1. Dear Nippon, everything looks beautiful and of course delicious.
    The cookies are a sweet gift and (maybe no calories)!
    The pancake does look good.
    Blessings, Catherine xo

    1. Thank you Catherine. Ha ha ha. I hope the cookies don't have too much calories. Because I ate a bunch!

  2. Gee..... I like the first picture. Those chicken wings look so tempting!

    1. Thank you so much. I'm in the mood for your caramelized chicken tonight, and boiled eggs are must, my opinion..

  3. めちゃくちゃおいしそうなWings!!!!それからお好み焼き!スープ(だし)が効いててこれはいけそう!是非是非レシピを!待ってます。

    1. ありがとうなみちゃん。あなたの広島風お好み焼きも美味しそうですよ。今度作ってみるね。

  4. Hi,
    All dish must be excellent. Asparagus cooking is special for me.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Indeed I am Japanese. I was recommended writing a blog for learning English by my English teacher. Sarah is my favorite name. My name is really Sawako.
    Have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Stunning images of your photographs are joy to visit your site

  5. こんばんは。手羽先ですか、美味しそうですね。ご主人はいつも美味しい料理が食べられて、羨ましいです。

    1. コメントありがとうございます。経済的に無理ですが、あなたのブログに行くたびに、日本中を回れそうな気がしてきます。

  6. My life motto concerning food is that everything is good in moderation. It's just a pity that some delightful dishes (such as those from deep-fried family) have to be moderated more... I love fried chicken and your wings look just perfect.
    So the Japanese have precise terms for each part??? Wow! Thank you for including kanji. I am a beginner in kanji - I have put it aside for too long... - and am so excited to recognise "te" or "chu"; I feel like a child who learns to read ;-) .
    As an asparagus fan, I find the tart very tempting... and so beautiful!
    It's very interesting that you add kelp to chicken stock. I often make chicken stock, but only add kelp to dashi.
    I also must add an egg on top of my okonomiyaki! What an excellent idea! Thank you for so much inspiration.

    1. Thank you Sissi! Thank you for the awesome recipes of yours!

  7. I haven't had fried chicken wings in ages...almost forget how they taste :-(( These look fingerlickingly delicious! That asparagus pastry looks heavenly!

    1. Thank you Angie! The asparagus dish was really good!

  8. Yum Yum Yum. I love a nice crispy chicken wing. Thanks for sharing. Your photographs are making me hungry.

  9. Your chicken wings look fantastic. And I'm sure all those spices make the meat very flavorful indeed.

    Lucky you to have received such an exquisite present from your son. Urayamashi! =)

    1. Thank you Ninjya san. Your okonmi-yaki looks fantastic!

  10. Scrumptious and delightfully spicy!



    1. Thank you Rosa. Are having a good break? Don't forget come back to show us more gorgeous pics! OK?

  11. Oh my word! Chicken, and pancakes...mmm Want it now! Looks absolutely amazing!

    1. Thank you Sandra. Your blog makes me so hungry, so enticing with great food pics!

  12. Well, I will admit I've never been the world's hugest chicken fan, but I will say that it does look deliciously crispy. What really got me going was the picture of that okonomiyaki though... holy cow that looks good, especially with the egg all oozing out!