Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings

Come try my Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings recipe, a mouthwatering delight straight from Japan! These crispy wings are deep-fried to perfection and coated in a savory sweet umami sauce that bursts with authentic Japanese flavors. If you’re craving something different from your usual fried chicken, this recipe is a must-try for its delicious taste of Japan and easy preparation!

Japanese style fried garlic tebasaki chicken wings served on a black plate topped with green onions and garlic chips, close up picture.

Why I Love This Recipe

What makes my Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings recipe the best is it combines the ease of preparation with the delicious flavors of Japanese cuisine! Unlike my Tebasaki Chicken Wings and Garlic Miso Chicken Wings that are baked, these wings are deep-fried much like my take on Japanese Fried Chicken. I then dip the fried chicken wings into my own version of Nagoya-style tebasaki sauce that’s packed with authentic flavors! But what makes my recipe truly special is the addition of fried garlic chips, adding an extra layer of texture and flavor that I promise you will love after one bite!

It’s perfect for anyone craving tender and juicy chicken wings with a savory kick, and it’s incredibly easy to make at home using simple ingredients. If you’re ready to experience the authentic taste of Japanese cuisine, this recipe is a must-try – you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Chicken Wings – wings and drumette.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Potato Starch – optional, starch made from potato that gives the fried chicken a crispy coating. Can substitute with corn starch, but will not be as crispy.
  • Neutral Oil – choose your preferred neutral oil for frying.
  • Garlic – freshly minced.
  • Ginger – sliced.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free
  • Togarashi (red pepper)Togarashi Japanese chili pepper blend found in most Asian or Japanese supermarkets. A good alternative would be cayenne pepper or red pepper.
  • Green Onions – chopped as topping.

🍶 Mirin Ingredient Note

While mirin is traditionally used to make the dipping sauce, we’ve considered that mirin might not be readily available in all areas. To accommodate this, the recipe modifies the ratio of Japanese sake and sweetener.

Japanese style fried garlic tebasaki chicken wings served on a black plate topped with green onions and garlic chips, side angle picture.

Directions

Step 1 Add Japanese sake, sweetener, mined garlic, sliced ginger and salt to a sauce pan and bring it to a boil before simmering.

Age tebasaki sauce in a sauce pan.

Step 2 Add oil into a skillet, then add sliced garlic without preheating the oil. Cook on medium heat for 1-2 minutes until the garlic turns golden brown.

Fried garlic chips.

🧄 Garlic Chip Pro Tip

For a quick and efficient method to make garlic chips, Microwave sliced garlic with oil for about 30 Seconds. Be sure to cover the bowl to prevent any splattering.

Step 3 Season chicken wings with salt and black pepper.

Chicken wings seasoned on a baking mat.

💡 Coating Pro Tip

For those who prefer a coating on their wings, consider sprinkling Potato Starch or Corn Starch onto the wings before frying. This simple technique adds a light and crispy texture to the wings and gives the sauce something to soak into.

Step 4 Preheat oil into a deep frying vessel of choice. Once your oil is preheated, fry your chicken in the heated oil for 3 minutes per side.

Chicken wings being deep fried.

🍳 Deep Frying Pro Tip

For optimal results when deep frying, ensure that the Oil is Preheated to a temperature between 350°F to 375°F. Additionally, Avoid Overcrowding the pan to maintain the oil temperature within the optimal range throughout the frying process.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

For safe consumption, ensure the chicken wings reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

💡 Extra Crispy Pro Tip

For an extra crispy texture, consider Double Frying the chicken. Once it’s rested for 1-2 minutes, fry it again to further enhance the crispiness of the exterior coating.

Step 5 Dip each cooked wing into the simmering sauce and plate.

Fried chicken wings being dipped into age tebasaki sauce.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

For the best serving experience, it’s recommended to only dip the amount of chicken wings you intend to eat immediately. This helps to preserve the quality of the remaining chicken for later consumption, ensuring that it maintains its crispiness and flavor.

🌿 Garnishing Notes

Garnish your Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings with chopped Green Onions and Fried Garlic Chips for added flavor and texture.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings with Japanese Beef Fried Rice or Beef Udon for a hearty main course, or opt for simple sides like a green salad dressed with Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing. You can also serve them alongside Japanese Style Roasted Garlic Bulb for an extra flavor boost.

Japanese style fried garlic tebasaki chicken wings served on a black plate topped with green onions and garlic chips.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best oil for deep frying the chicken wings?

For deep frying chicken wings, you can use various oils such as peanut oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, or canola oil. Each of these oils offers a different flavor profile and frying characteristics, so choose one based on your personal preference and availability.

Can I bake the chicken wings instead of deep-frying them?

Yes, you can bake the chicken wings as an alternative to deep-frying, although they won't have the same texture and crispiness. To bake them, preheat your oven to 425°F and cook the wings for 20-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.

Can I make the sauce ahead of time and store it?

Absolutely! You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge for 10-14 days, provided it's properly stored in an airtight container.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place the sauce and chicken wings separately in airtight containers in the fridge. The chicken will maintain its quality for 3-5 days, while the sauce can be stored for 10-14 days.

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Japanese style fried garlic tebasaki chicken wings served on a black plate topped with green onions and garlic chips.

Tebasaki Fried Chicken Wings

This recipe for Tebasaki, Japanese fried chicken wings with fried garlic, brings the authentic flavors of Japan to your table. Crispy and flavorful, these wings are a delightful twist on classic fried chicken.
4.86 from 7 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese fried chicken wings, tebasaki
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 582kcal

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 lbs Chicken Wings & Drumlettes around 18-20 pieces
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Potato Starch optional, can substitute with corn starch
  • 2 Cups Cooking Oil deep frying

Sauce

Topping - Optional

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for age Japanese tebasaki wings.
  • Combine minced garlic, sliced ginger, Japanese sake, sweetener and salt into a saucepan. Bring to boil on medium heat and once boiling, reduce to and keep on simmer.
    Age tebasaki sauce in a sauce pan.
  • Place chicken onto a sanitary surface and sprinkle with salt and black pepper on both sides. Note - if you prefer a coating, sprinkle potato starch on the wings.
    Chicken wings seasoned on a baking mat.
  • Finely mince the optional remaining garlic cloves and add them to a small frying pan. Add 1 tablespoon of neutral oil and place the pan over medium heat. Cook the garlic, stirring constantly, until it is fried and turns light brown, which should take around 1-2 minutes.
    Fried garlic chips.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • Preheat an enough oil in your chosen vessel for deep-frying the wings. Once the oil is preheated, carefully add the chicken wings. Allow them to cook for 3minutes on one side, then gently rotate and cook for an additional 3 minutes on the other side.
    Chicken wings being deep fried.
  • After cooking the chicken wings, dip each wing into the sauce and place them on a serving plate. Add optional fried garlic and green onion on top of the wings.
    Age tebasaki topped with fried garlic chips and green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 484mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 630IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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2 Comments

  1. Can I bake the wings instead? If so, how long and what temperature should I bake them? Thanks!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Ann! Yes, you can bake them but they won’t be as crispy. As long as you’re fine with that, the numbers we use are broil 500F at center of the rack for 10 minutes skin side down. Flip and broil another 10 minutes. If they are browning too quickly, move it down a rack or lower temp.

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