AAA Magazines

Golden Chopstick's Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings

SD - Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings

Salt-and-pepper chicken wings are the most well-known specialty at Golden Chopsticks, a 25-year-old Chinese eatery in National City. I crave them at any occasion, but I associate the dish most with celebration. Customers file into the restaurant throughout the day, picking up trays piled high with crispy wings designed to feed a crowd, whether it be a birthday party or a potluck gathering. Owner Thomas Chen says the kitchen goes through thousands of wings on a busy holiday. The golden fried chicken wings are wok-tossed with scallions and red pepper flakes, then showered in a flavor-packed mix of toasted garlic, salt, and pepper. The seasoning combination is quite addictive thanks to the addition of MSG, an ingredient I rarely use at home. The next time I buy a tray, I hope to be celebrating the simple joy of being able to share a meal again with friends and family. By Candice Woo 

Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cooking wine
  • 2 pounds chicken wings (drumettes and flats)
  • Peanut oil
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • Half bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • Pinch of MSG (optional)
  • Sesame oil



Mix cornstarch, water, and cooking wine to form a batter. Dredge chicken wings in batter. Fry chicken wings in batches in enough oil to cover. Cook through about 10 to 12 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

In a separate pan, heat a small amount of oil, then quickly stir-fry garlic, green onions, and red pepper flakes until fragrant. Add in cooked chicken wings and toss with salt, white pepper, MSG (if using), and a few drops of sesame oil.



Zip code banner

Welcome to the

American Automobile Association

Please enter your home ZIP Code so we can direct you to the correct AAA club’s website.

back to top icon