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:

1,633 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 546g 840%
  • Carbs 303g 101%
  • Saturated 45g 223%
  • Fiber 16g 66%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Monounsaturated 214g
  • Polyunsaturated 94g
  • Protein 93g 185%
  • Cholesterol 421mg 140%
  • Sodium 6,977mg 291%
  • Calcium 385mg 38%
  • Magnesium 414mg 103%
  • Potassium 2,086mg 60%
  • Iron 10mg 55%
  • Zinc 10mg 68%
  • Phosphorus 1,264mg 181%
  • Vitamin A 70µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 119mg 198%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 57%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 52%
  • Niacin (B3) 29mg 144%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 173%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 184µg 46%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 49mg 246%
  • Vitamin K 47µg 58%
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