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Shio Koji Chicken Wings
These four-ingredient chicken wings are coated in shio koji, soy sauce, and ground pepper. It takes minutes to put together and baked to their crispy perfection in an oven.
Chicken wings are crowd-pleasers. From the classic American style buffalo wings to Indonesian lemongrass chicken wings, or Korean spicy chicken wings, you can never go wrong with chicken wings.
Once you try this Japanese shio koji chicken wings, your chicken wings repertoire will increase by one.
These chicken wings are so easy to put together. It literally takes minutes to measure the ingredients and rub them to the wings. Then you leave them to marinate. And finally, your oven will do all the work for you baking them into crispy perfections.
4 ingredients chicken wings
These delicious chicken wings can be prepared using only four ingredients: chicken wings, shio koji, soy sauce, and ground pepper.
Shio koji is a Japanese seasoning made from rice koji, salt, and water. Koji is a mold widely used in Japan in fermentation process of soy sauce, miso paste, rice vinegar, and sake (Japanese rice wine).
Shio koji also happens to be a great seasoning ingredient in its own right. It usually comes in a bottle, looks like a porridge, has a very sweet fermented fragrance, and it is both sweet and salty at the same time.
Prepare chicken wings
In the United States, it is very common to find pre-cut chicken wings consist of drummettes and wingettes. The drummette is the part that looks like a mini drumstick, and the wingette is the flat part of the wing with two bones.
If your wings are still whole, please make sure to separate the wings into drummettes and wingettes to make them easier to cook and easier to eat.
Separate chicken wings by bending the wings back at the joint where the drumette connects to the wingette, then use a sharp knife to cut through the joint. You will also want to use the same technique to remove the tips from the wingettes. Discard the tips or use them to make chicken stock since we won’t be using them to prepare chicken wings.
Step-by-step to prepare shio koji chicken wings
1. Marinate chicken wings
Mix chicken wings with shio koji, soy sauce, and ground pepper in a mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
This is one of the recipes where we don’t want a long marinating time or risk ending up with wings that are too salty.
2. Prep the oven and baking sheet
Preheat oven to 200 Celsius (400 Fahrenheit). Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. You can optionally line the baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
It is important to bake the wings on a rack. This ensures a good heat circulation all around the wings, and any liquid released from the wings will drip away so the wings roast instead of steam.
3. Bake the wings
Scrape off excess marinade from the chicken wings and arrange them on the wire rack. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Baste chicken wings with the excess marinade and flipping them twice during the baking time.
4. Serve the wings
Remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the chicken wings immediately.
If you want delicious crispy chicken wings straight out of the oven, this one is for you. These wings make an excellent party snack or a simple and satisfying meal. If you need an easy sauce, mix tomato ketchup and mayonnaise in an equal proportion, then add sriracha for a spicy kick.
Shio Koji Chicken Wings
- 750 gram (1.7 lb) chicken wings
- 1/2 cup shio koji
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Mix chicken wings with shio koji, soy sauce, and ground pepper in a mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate between 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 200 Celsius (400 Fahrenheit). Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. You can optionally line the baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper for easier cleanup.
- Scrape off excess marinade from the chicken wings and arrange them on the wire rack.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Baste chicken wings with the excess marinade and flipping them twice during the baking time.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and serve the chicken wings immediately. They are great as is though you can serve them with a simple sauce made from mixing tomato ketchup, mayonnaise, and sriracha.
Denay DeGuzman says:
My mouth is watering just looking at the images of these delicious Shio Koji chicken wings! Paired with a crisp garden salad, this is the ideal weekend meal for hot summer days.
My wife made shio koji chicken tonight. But she cooks it in a 6”-8” cast iron pot. It was sooooo delicious!!!! So tender and juicy; practically melts in your mouth. I asked her to teach me how to make it for the next time I want to have chicken.
I've never heard of shio koji but these look darn good! What a deliciously simple recipe to try. I need to look for shio koji and give it a try!
Rika Livingston says:
I love simple recipes like this. I am a big fan of wings and they look delicious. Yum!
We love chicken wings in our house and these Shio Koji chicken wings were so flavorful and delicious! Love!!
Oh my gosh this chicken is so full of yummy flavors and so easy to make! Love it!
I am always looking for new ways to enjoy chicken wings and this looks amazing. The sauce sounds epic.
So quick and easy and packed with gorgeous flavours. What a great weeknight dinner - thank you!
These wings are so flavorful and easy to make, and I love how simple it is to pop them in the oven! I'll definitely be making this recipe again.
Oh my, these chicken wings look amazing! Loving the flavors and how easy they are to make.
You cannot go wrong with a crispy chicken wing recipe but these with that sauce, perfection!
I have never heard of shio koji before. But these chicken wings looks so good that I may have to run to the Asian grocery store to hunt it down.
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