Salted Egg Yolk Wings
These salted egg yolk wings will blow your mind with flavor and texture. Combining one of my favorite Chinese flavors with one of my favorite foods. This is a great recipe idea to spice up your next wing night!
A couple months ago I made salted egg yolk fried shrimp which is one of my childhood favorites. After seeing how easy it was to make, I wondered what else this technique could be applied to. Pretty much any other type of fried food is what I thought and of course my mind goes straight to fried chicken. These turned out AMAZING and I cannot wait to make them again.
The method I used to make the chicken wings is not complicated at all. I make my wings this way when I want to coat them in sauce but still keep that extremely crispy exterior. They are a breaded chicken wing using coarse sweet potato starch. I usually stay away from breaded wings myself, but these are a gamechanger.
Key steps and ingredients for salted egg yolk wings
Salted duck egg yolks: As you can probably tell, salted duck egg yolks are extremely important for this recipe. You can find them at most Asian grocery stores in the preserved foods section. They also sell whole salted duck eggs but for the purpose of this recipe, we only need the yolks.
Coarse sweet potato starch: COARSE sweet potato starch is very important for the chicken to get extremely crispy. You can also find this ingredient at Asian grocery stores. The coarse grains in the starch add that extra crunchiness we all love. There is also coarse tapioca starch which works just as well.
Butter with oil: The reasoning behind melting down butter with oil is so that the butter wont burn. Especially when we are cooking over high heat, the milk solids in butter tend to burn quite quickly. The oil added will help slow it down.
Allow egg yolks to foam: It is important to allow the egg yolks to first melt over medium heat. Once they start to foam, turn up the heat to coat the chicken. The high heat allows the egg yolks to grab onto the chicken and makes the coating process more even and easier.
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Wings
- 1½ lbs chicken wings
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp onion powder
- ¼ cup corn starch (add as needed)
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup coarse sweet potato starch (add as needed)
Salted egg yolk coating
- 6 salted duck egg yolks
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1½ tbsp butter
- 1½ tbsp corn oil
- ¾ tsp sugar (add to taste)
- ½ tsp salt (add to taste)
- Smash and chop up your salted duck egg yolks until they are fine and become powder-like then set aside for later.
- Pat dry and season your chicken wings with salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
- Mix together the buttermilk and egg for your wet batter.
- Drop chicken wings into corn starch, then into the wet batter, and coat well in coarse sweet potato starch.
- Deep fry at 350F for 8 minutes until golden brown and crispy. This coating method does not work in the air fryer. (I tried already)
- In a pan, melt butter, oil over medium heat then add in chopped garlic and the egg yolks from the first step.
- Continue to mix until the egg yolks are melted and start to foam. Then add sugar and salt to taste.
- Turn up the heat to high then add the chicken wings in there to coat.
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