Saigon Chicken Wings

September 20, 2017 (Last Updated: June 29, 2020)
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Vietnamese-inspired street wings will liven up your next game day menu. These crispy Saigon Chicken Wings pack an umami flavor punch with loads of garlic and fish sauce. Move over, Buffalo. There’s a new kid on the block.

overhead view of fried Saigon chicken wings on a white platter

I love chicken wing season, aka football season. Along with nachos, chicken wings are probably the most consumed snack during while enjoying the big game. Even when football season is over, there always seems to be an occasion for wings. Monday night. Tuesday night. Wednesday night. You get the picture.

closeup of fried chicken wings on a white plate

I love cracking open my beloved Fried Chicken cookbook. It contains several mouthwatering wing recipes perfect for any craving. I particularly enjoy the Saigon chicken wings, as I am a fan of Asian flavors. These Vietnamese wings are easy enough to prepare, but require a bit of advanced prep since the wings must marinate overnight. With a minimal ingredient list, these wings are a breeze. They marinate in a mixture of fish sauce, palm sugar or light brown sugar, and garlic. The same combination is used to make the glaze.

overhead view of fried Saigon chicken wings on a large platter

A couple quick notes. First of all, I halved this recipe when I  made it, and it was perfect for 3 of us snacking at the onset of the game (they didn’t last long!). I marinated my Saigon chicken wings for a full 24 hours which was probably too long. The recipe states overnight, and well, technically it WAS overnight. The wings were a touch on the salty side, but still very delicious. Next time I’d marinate them for about 12 hours give or take.

Closeup of fried Saigon chicken wings on a white plate

I also decided to reduce the sauce into a syrup while simultaneously frying up batches of wings in my deep fryer. This was not a great plan, as I was focusing more on the wings than the wing sauce. It ended up over-reducing/burning and I had to chuck it. Even so I was able to quickly whip up some replacement sauce and was more diligent in watching it the second time around. Please learn from my mistake 😉

A close up of a plate of fried chicken wings

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overhead view of a platter of fried chicken wings

When all is said and done, these Saigon chicken wings were the highlight of the game! What are your favorite game day snacks? Are you more into wings or dips? Pizza or tacos? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to rate this recipe if you’ve tried it. Thanks!

garlic coated crispy Vietnamese style chicken wings on a white platter

Saigon Chicken Wings

Victoria
Vietnamese-inspired street wings will liven up your next game day menu. These crispy Saigon Chicken Wings pack an umami flavor punch with loads of garlic and fish sauce. Move over, Buffalo. There's a new kid on the block.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Marinating Time 8 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Vietnamese
Servings 4 to 8 servings
Calories 862 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 pounds chicken wings wing tips removed and cut in half at the joint
  • 14 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup fish sauce
  • 1 cup palm sugar chopped, or firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil plus more for frying
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • Cilantro chopped, for serving

Instructions
 

  • Place the wings in a large zip-top bag.
  • To make the marinade, in a large bowl, smash 10 cloves of the garlic and the salt together until they form a paste. Add the fish sauce, sugar, and 1/4 cup of the vegetable oil, and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Pour half of the marinade over the wings in the bag, rub to coat the chicken, seal, and refrigerate overnight. Cover and chill the remaining half of the marinade until you’re ready to fry the chicken.
  • Pour the reserved marinade (the portion that did not touch the chicken) into a small saucepan, bring to a boil, decrease the heat, and simmer until reduced and syrupy, about 35 minutes.
  • In a deep fryer or large, deep stockpot, heat 3 inches of vegetable oil over high heat to 350°F. Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Place the rice flour in a large bowl. Remove the wings from the ziptop bag, discarding the marinade. Depending on the size of your fryer, you may need to fry in batches. Dredge half of the wings in the rice flour until well coated. Carefully place the chicken in the hot oil. Fry for 10 to 13 minutes, or until golden brown. Maintain an oil temperature of 325°F. Drain the wings on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining pieces.
  • After all of the wings have been fried, mince the remaining 4 cloves of garlic and place in a fine-mesh wire strainer. Carefully dip the strainer into the hot oil, just deep enough to submerge the garlic, and cook for 10 to 15 seconds or until lightly browned. Transfer the fried wings to a large bowl, add the cooked marinade, and toss to coat. Transfer the glazed wings to another large bowl and toss with the fried garlic. (Using two bowls prevents the garlic from being coated in the glaze.) Serve with chopped cilantro.

Notes & Nutrition

  • This recipe uses kosher salt (aka cooking salt, kitchen salt, coarse salt outside of the US). If you are using table salt, definitely scale down the salt as that is a saltier type of salt! The type of salt will make a big difference in how salty your food tastes, so keep that in mind.
From Fried Chicken
Servings 6.0 * calories 862 * Total Fat 52 g * Saturated Fat 14 g * Monounsaturated Fat 3 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 9 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 0 mg * Sodium 1121 mg * Potassium 35 mg * Total Carbohydrate 38 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 16 g * Protein 58 g
Servings 8.0 * calories 646 * Total Fat 39 g * Saturated Fat 11 g * Monounsaturated Fat 2 g * Polyunsaturated Fat 7 g * Trans Fat 0 g * Cholesterol 0 mg * Sodium 841 mg * Potassium 26 mg * Total Carbohydrate 29 g * Dietary Fiber 1 g * Sugars 12 g * Protein 43 g
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*
garlic coated crispy Vietnamese style chicken wings on a white platter

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