While chicken wings aren’t inherently creepy, once fried and glazed with a Chinese black-bean sauce and arranged to appear in-flight, they convincingly become “bat wings.” Slideshow: More Chicken Wing Recipes 

Food & Wine
October 2012

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© John Kernick

Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr
Yield:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a blender, puree the black bean sauce, soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, water, Sriracha, brown sugar, rice vinegar, garlic and five-spice powder until smooth. Transfer the black bean sauce to a medium saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over moderately low heat until thickened and glossy, about 5 minutes.

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  • In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the oil to 350°. Working in batches, fry the wings, turning once, until deep golden and crispy, 12 minutes; be sure to keep the oil at 350°. Drain the wings on a rack set over a baking sheet.

  • In a large bowl, toss the wings with the black bean sauce until coated. Transfer the wings to a large platter and serve right away.

Make Ahead

The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days. Rewarm before using.

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