Cánh gà chiên nước mắm s are a staple at every Asian party or potluck. They're sweet, sour, spicy and glossy perfection, all with the thinnest crunchy coating. Mix up your next party or game day with these Vietnamese fish sauce glazed chicken wings!
If you're new to fish sauce and a bit intimidated by its pungency, this is the perfect recipe for you. Sugar, garlic, lemon juice and chili turn an intimidating ingredient into a delicious sticky glaze.
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Glazed Chicken Wings (Cánh Gà Chiên Nước Mắm): Step-By-Step Instructions
Start by heating up oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy bottomed pot. If you have a deep fryer, set it to 350 degrees.
Pat the wings dry and season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside while you mix the glaze.
Mix fish sauce, water, lemon juice, sugar, garlic and thai chili. If you don't like spicy food you can skip the pepper, but I highly recommend you put a little bit in! It's just not the same without the spice.
When the oil is hot, add corn starch to the chicken wings and toss to coat. This will be a very thin layer, not quite like fried chicken batter. If you don't have a thermometer, you can test if your oil is hot by putting a wooden chopstick or spoon in the oil. If you see bubbles, it's hot.
Fry the wings in batches until golden brown and transfer to a wire rack or paper towels to drain off the excess oil.
To make the glaze, for the heat up the fish sauce mixture until it's thickened and sticky. You'll know it's ready when you can drag your spatula through the syrup and it leaves an empty passage in the pan for just a second before filling in again.
Toss the fried chicken wings in the glaze and serve immediately.
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Glazed Chicken Wings (Cánh Gà Chiên Nước Mắm)
For the Wings
- 5 cups oil
- 3 lbs chicken wings (flats and drumettes)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¼ cup corn starch
For the Fish Sauce Glaze
- 3 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-3 thai chilis, minced (optional)
- Heat a heavy bottomed pot/dutch oven, cast iron skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees
- Pat chicken wings dry and in a large bowl, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder
- Mix fish sauce, sugar, water, lemon or lime juice, garlic and chilis together
- Pour corn starch over seasoned chicken wings and toss to coat
- Fry wings in oil in batches for about 8-10 minutes each batch, or until golden brown. Set cooked wings aside on a wire rack or paper towels to drain excess oil.
- Heat fish sauce mixture in a saucepan on medium heat until thick and glossy. You should be able to drag a spatula across the sauce and see the bottom of the pan briefly before the sauce floods back down.
- In a large bowl, toss cooked wings with glaze and serve immediately.
Note: Nutrition is based on an estimated 1 tbsp of oil absorbed per serving.