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5-Spice Ginger Chicken Wings

These 5-Spice Ginger Chicken Wings are bold enough to satisfy hot food fans but not overly spicy. The whole family will love them.

Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Makes: 6 Servings
Calories: 289 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  chilli powder, such as ground red serrano chile
  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 g) medium size chicken wings with wing tips removed; wings cut into 2 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup 75 ml dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce; use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup (16 g) thinly sliced scallions, green parts only
  • Lime wedges


  1. Stir together the cinnamon, five spice powder and chilli powder in a small bowl to combine; set aside.
  2. Cook the wings in two batches over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet until lightly tinged with golden brown, flipping over once so each side gets a little crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes total. Place all the wings in the skillet.
  3. Add ginger to the skillet and then sprinkle the dry spice mix over the wings. Cook for about 30 seconds over medium heat, tossing the wings well to coat with the spices. Tongs make this super easy!
  4. Add the wine, soy sauce, water, oyster sauce, and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat, turning wings in sauce to coat well. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, then uncover, turn heat up, and cook for about 4 to 5 more minutes, tossing wings once or twice during cooking, or until the wings are cooked through and the sauce is reduced, glossy and a bit sticky. Transfer the chicken wings to a platter, sprinkle the scallions on top and serve with lime wedges. Wings can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days and reheated if you like.



  • It is super easy to make this gluten free. Just make sure that you use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari and gluten-free oyster sauce.
Nutrition Facts
5-Spice Ginger Chicken Wings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 289 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Sodium 360mg15%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 21g42%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.