Kung Pao Chicken Wings

Dale Talde


  • 2 Tablespoons  annatto seed
  • star anise
  • 1 Tablespoon  Sichuan peppercorn
  • 2 Cups  vegetable oil
  • 1/4 Cup  rice wine
  • 1/4 Cup  rice vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup  plus 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/4 Cup  plus 2 tablespoons sweet chile sauce
  • 1/4 Cup  plus 2 tablespoons chile bean sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon  sesame oil
  • 1 Cup  mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup  buttermilk
  • packet ranch powder
  • 2 Cups  rice flour
  • 1 Cup  water
  • chicken wings, split
  •   Vegetable oil, for frying
  •   Chopped peanuts, for garnish
  •   Chopped cilantro, for garnish
  •   Sliced scallions, for garnish

Chef Dale Talde coats chicken wings in a rich flour batter before deep-frying and tossing with a sweet and spicy Kung Pao-inspired sauce, topped with chopped peanuts, cilantro, and scallions and served with a buttermilk ranch sauce.

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Combine the annatto seed, star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, and vegetable oil in a large bowl and let steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain and reserve.

Fill a large pot halfway with vegetable oil and preheat to 325 degrees. To make the sauce, combine the rice wine, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, sweet chile sauce, chile bean sauce, sesame oil, and ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of the oil that's been steeping and set aside.

To make the buttermilk ranch dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and ranch powder together and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Mix the rice flour and water until smooth. Rinse and dry chicken wings. Dredge the wings in wing batter and fry until golden brown. Drain excess oil off wings then toss in Kung Pao sauce. Garnish with chopped peanuts, chopped cilantro, and sliced scallions. Serve with buttermilk ranch.


Calories per serving:

1,729 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Sugar Conscious, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 564g 868%
  • Carbs 349g 116%
  • Saturated 46g 229%
  • Fiber 29g 116%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 9g
  • Monounsaturated 225g
  • Polyunsaturated 98g
  • Protein 110g 221%
  • Cholesterol 421mg 140%
  • Sodium 6,988mg 291%
  • Calcium 746mg 75%
  • Magnesium 566mg 141%
  • Potassium 3,420mg 98%
  • Iron 29mg 160%
  • Zinc 14mg 93%
  • Phosphorus 1,567mg 224%
  • Vitamin A 59µg 7%
  • Vitamin C 73mg 122%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 78%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 61%
  • Niacin (B3) 30mg 149%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 183%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 375µg 94%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 51mg 254%
  • Vitamin K 45µg 56%
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