Chinese-Style Barbecue Wings

Wings ingredients

Dear friend,

We all love a good wing (or two). And what’s great about them is they don’t take long to cook in the oven; literally the fastest part of the chicken to cook. This recipe is way too easy, and for the friends that knew me in year 11, this barbecue sauce (made from scratch) scored me an A grade on my final catering exam. Yes, Joel, this is for you…

(P.s. this recipe is not the cheapest if you don’t have all the ingredients)

Portion: serves 2-3 (but can serve more)

Prep time: 5-7 mins                 Cooking time: 40 mins                 Total time: 45 mins

What you will need:

  • A baking dish that can hold at least 8 wings
  • 2 bowls
  • Larger bowl to marinate chicken in (optional)


  1. 8 Chicken wings (you can use more if you wish. Cost me £1.43)
  2. Marinade:
  • 3 levelled tbsp flour (plain or self raising)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (any but I used granulated)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp water

3. Barbecue sauce:

  • 5 levelled tbsp sugar (any but I used granulated)
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

Let’s cook…

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/gas 4
  2. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl and rub over chicken before placing them in the baking dish
  3. Once chicken is in baking dish, chuck them on the middle shelf of the oven for 10 minutes
  4. While it’s cooking, mix barbecue sauce ingredients for roughly 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved as much as it possibly can be
  5. Once 10 minutes has passed, take out the wings, spoon the sauce over them and place back in oven for a further 10 minutes
  6. Again, once 10 minutes has passed, take the wings out and spoon the sauce that’s underneath the wings over them. We want the wings as saucy as possible.
  7. Repeat the process once more so that the chicken has had 40 minutes in the oven and voila! Wings done.

P.s. Boiling sugar gets very hot so be careful when handling the wings. The sauce goes well with rice or noodles



  1. Mollie
    March 22, 2017 / 02:39

    I don’t have all the ingredients, but I guess if I buy them I can re-use it for chinese stir fry? But wings are my fav and i’m defo down to give this a try!

    • Loré Adenegan
      April 14, 2017 / 21:37

      Definitely! I hardly use ALL these ingredients but it’s super handy to know I have them in my cupboard for when I want a quick stir fry

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