For the marinade
together the soy sauce, garlic, ginger
, rice wine
and yellow bean paste in a small bowl until well combined. Put the wings and marinade in a resealable plastic food storage bag. Seal the bag and refrigerate the wings for at least 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the citrus five spice salt: Heat a small wok
over medium heat and add the peppercorns, fennel, cloves, tangerine
and star anise
and dry-toast for 1 minute to release the oils
and flavors. Transfer the mixture to a spice grinder
and finely grind. Combine 1 tablespoon of the spice mix with the salt in a small bowl and mix well. Reserve the remaining spice mixture for another use.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and line with a rack. Shake off excess marinade from the wings and spread them evenly on the rack. Bake until golden brown and cooked through, about 25 minutes.
Half fill half a wok with peanut oil and heat to 400 degrees F. on a deep frying
thermometer. Spread a small amount (about 1/4 cup) of the cornstarch
on a plate or baking sheet and lightly dredge
the wings, shaking off the excess (the cornstarch will help make the chicken crisp
). Working in two batches, flash fry the wings in the hot oil to crisp the skin, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the wings to paper towels to drain
Combine the chicken wings and a few teaspoons of the citrus five-spice salt in a bowl, tossing to coat. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with the scallions.
Serve warm with the remaining citrus five-spice salt in a small pot or bowl for dipping.