Monday, December 2, 2013

Japanese Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings (Bill Granger)

Why? Why? Why??? Seeing the title of my post, you must be thinking: Here we go again, another chicken wing recipe... Why?

I must confess that I do feel like "cheating" sometimes, blogging with fast and easy recipes like these previous chicken wings recipes that I have baked at here and here. On the other hand, I think I should blog about these fast and easy recipes. Why? As long as these fast and easy cooking produce simply GOOD food... Why not?!!!

These Japanese sticky sesame chicken wings may seems ordinary to you but taste extraordinary good to us.

After having my first bite, I can fully understand many whys...

This is why Bill Granger wrote in the book Bill's Everyday Asian, that he had visions of Bill's Chicken Wing chain selling these Japanese-style sticky wings... I'm not kidding at that because the book really says that!

Being oven-baked and not-fried, this is why enjoying these chicken wings can be a guilt-free pleasure.

These chicken wings do not required
marinating before cooking. As you can see, they are so easy to bake and this is why I can "cook" so well for my family - LOL!

With these sweet sticky flavours in every bite, this is why we are loving these so much and
why I like to blog about this recipe...

Japanese sticky sesame chicken wings Bill Granger
Bill Granger's "Ordinary-looking" Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings?
This red chilli and garlic will not make these wings spicy at all but essential to create great tastes.
Making the sticky sauce
Cook until the sauce is reduced by half
Baking the chicken wings
Bake and bast. Bake and bast... until the wings have a nice sticky coating.
I have toasted two kinds of sesame seeds... Black and white.
Japanese sticky sesame chicken wings Bill Granger
Bill Granger's "Ordinary-looking" Sticky Sesame Chicken Wings with extraordinary taste

Before proceeding, please note that we are still cooking and baking Bill Granger's recipes for Cook like a Star until the end of December this year.

Here's the recipe from the book, Bill's Everyday Asian by Bill Granger
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Serves 8
1.5kg chicken wings
1 tbsp light flavoured oil, plus extra for brushing
(I used canola oil)
3 garlic cloves, crushed with flat of a knife
1 long red chilli, finely chopped
(I have used 1 large chilli for double amount of this recipe)
4 tbsp mirin
4 tbsp soy sauce
4 tbsp sake
110g white sugar
1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds 
(I have used both the white and black ones)

Preheat the oven to 200°C (190°C fan forced). Line a large roasting tray with non-stick baking paper. Place the wings in the tray and roast for 35-40 mins or until starting to brown. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 1-2 mins or until the garlic is turning golden. Add the mirin, soy sauce, sake and sugar and cook for 5 mins or until the liquid has reduced by half.

Remove the chicken from the oven and pour over the sticky mirin mixture. Toss to coat and return to the oven, basting occasionally for a further 15-20 mins. If desired, scatter with sesame seeds (with extra drizzle of sticky sauce) to serve.

Note: Using double amount of this recipe, I have made just enough sticky sauce to roast 25 chicken wings (3 kg), basting the wings with most of the sauce while roasting. I kept 1/3 cup of sauce aside and used them to drizzle the wings before serving them.

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  1. Zoe , so Bill's event will ran until the end of this month ?! I thought only for the month of November :D You're right about his recipes - simple , easy and really , really good ! Gah , another chicken wings recipe , will bookmark this later lol

    1. Hi Anne,

      We are still cooking and baking Bill Granger until end of Dec 2013. I have updated with this post with this info :D


  2. Oh, I can see why these wings would taste extraordinary. Delicious.

  3. Hi Zoe, why are you torturing my stomach? Heehee. These chicken wing looks superb, can I self-invite myself over? Thank you for joining me in the Aspiring Bakers! :)

  4. Hi Zoe,
    Why, why, why??
    I don't mind why chicken wings as along as it is a finger licking good wings.
    My kids would love, love , love to have this anytime. Anymore left over...lols

  5. Zoe, judging from the ingredients for the marinade, these chicken wings cannot be just simply ordinary but rather, extraordinary as it reminds me of the chicken wings sold in Chomp Chomp!! Nom nom nom :) Honestly, they look so delish!! For me, chicken wings are a killer. I can down at least 5 at one time :P I'm bookmarking this!! I think I know what to cook for my next potluck party ;)

  6. nope nope.. i didn't say why why why.. i said solid solid solid... another chicken recipe 凸^-^凸

  7. Yummy, like the idea that they're baked and not fried.... finger licking good!

  8. Hi zoe. Thank you very much for following my blog.
    So much inspiration, love your blog.

  9. Hi Zoe,
    Looks really delicious! I can never get tired of chicken wings! LOL! That's my most favourite part of the chicken!

  10. Zoe, I love chicken wings too! There is something so appealing about wings and I love this type of simple fuss free recipes :)

    1. Hi Zoe, thanks for your comment on my Oaty Malty Chocolaty Cookies. Would be happy if you could link it to LTU! Thanks again!

  11. One of my husband's favorite dishes is chicken wings - he can eat them all the time :) These wings look so juicy and I love that they are oven baked too. This sweet and sticky sauce sounds delicious, thanks for sharing Zoe :)

  12. Ooo why Zoe why, you making me crave for chicken wings at this hour... hehe I don't mind giving this easy recipe a try too!

  13. Haha..chicken wings are my all time favourite.
    No matters how many pcs you baked, i can help u to finish them ^^

  14. Hello, Zoe
    This is look fantastic and delicious. I wish I can have one right now. YUM!

  15. Oh I love chicken wings and this one is so good,love all the flavours in there, bookmarking this for future! :-) Thank you for introducing me to Bill Granger!

  16. Hi Zoe , yummy and delicious , I love the heat for the wings thanks for sharing :).

  17. Another stunning recipe - you do keep us busy :-)

  18. Honestly, there just aren't enough chicken wing recipes out there! I'm always on the search for a good one.

  19. Don't worry Zoe, who will get sick of chicken wings, not me, hahaha! Another Asian recipe made by an angmo chef, hehehe! Oooo, I also have black & white sesame seeds at home.

  20. Agghh I love chicken wings and this recipe is heavenly! Yum!!

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  21. Hi Zoe
    Such a finger licking good! No excuse for me not to try this out! :D

  22. Your wings look finger licking good! Sometimes I feel bad blogging easy recipes, but then again, like you, I think my job is to find easy recipes for lazy moms like me ha ha

  23. Beautiful glaze...and I love the sesame seed on it...absolutely finger licking wings.
    Have a awesome week Zoe :D

  24. Hi Zoe

    Simple and easy recipe is what I keep looking for. I would love to bake this yummylicious chicken wing...very soon..after I got the mirin n sake.hehe

    I don't know it's quite hard for me to look up for the cooking sake in the supermarket. I wish I could have read Japanese.

  25. Hi Zoe, so tempting and finger licking good! My favorite :)

  26. I like easy recipes. I don't want to put in a lot of hours for daily It gets tiring. This helps a lot, Zoe ♥

  27. You can never have too many chicken wing recipes! This one looks great.

  28. Very easy, yummy and mouthwatering recipe for chicken wings.....Thanx for sharing :) :)