Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam is the chicken wing of your dreams! These stay incredibly crispy for HOURS after being fried. The wings are coated with golden garlic bits and a sticky sweet savory sauce that will rock every party!
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When the Internet swarms you with images of people enjoying their Canh Ga Nuoc Mam (also lovingly known as Fish Sauce Chicken Wings), you know it’s time to bring some to your own table.
This is one of those dishes that fits perfectly with a Summer barbecue – searing meat on the grill, fresh salad to go, your family’s best fried rice and a plate of crispy fried chicken wings.
You can actually SEE what sets our recipe apart from all the others. The deeply golden garlic bits hugging each wing and glorious fish sauce caramel turns a humble piece of chicken into a showstopper.
But what you can’t see is what makes our Canh Ga Nuoc Mam truly memorable. The coating seals the juices in so perfectly that every bite is unbelievably succulent and full of classic Vietnamese flavors.
Of all the fried chicken I’ve had, this is my favorite.
Why this recipe works
Marinating the chicken means the marinade penetrates through the meat so you have flavor inside and out.
Using a corn starch and baking powder mix results in a risen and super crunchy batter.
Double frying the wings helps the crisp last hours long!
What you’ll need
For the Marinade
About the garlic seasoning
We chose to use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic so that it would be easier to coat in starch. With chopped garlic, bits might fall off as it cooks.
But if garlic powder isn’t available then fresh garlic is definitely a great aromatic to add.
For the Sauce
About the seasoning
This recipe uses brown sugar for the deeper color and toffee-like sweetness but white sugar will still work well.
For the batter
About the starch
We used corn starch for the coating, but if that’s not readily available then you can substitute it for potato starch or tapioca starch.
How to make this recipe
Marinate the chicken in the garlic powder, chicken bouillon powder, pepper, salt and fish sauce for 20 minutes minimum. Alternatively, make it ahead of time to marinate overnight.
Using a low heat, add the chopped garlic to 2 tbsp cooking oil and let it fry until golden.
Tip: It may be tempting to turn the heat up for a quicker brown, but this could run the risk of burning the garlic. It’s best to keep the temperature low and steady.
Use a zip lock bag to shake and coat the marinated wings in the starch mixture.
Pour the chicken into a colander to shake off any excess.
Add oil into a deep pan or wok and fry the wings on a medium heat for 5 minutes on both sides or until lightly golden brown and cooked.
Set aside to drip dry in a sieve over a bowl.
Bring the heat back up to high and fry the wings for a second time until they develop a deeper golden color.
Use a mortor and pestle to mash the garlic and chili.
Pour 4 tbsp oil in a saucepan and brown the red shallots. Add in the sugar, fish sauce, garlic, chili and water to caramelize for 15 minutes or until it reaches a thick consistency, then stir the lime juice in.
Mix the fried wings back into the sauce and toss until all are coated.
Serve immediately as is!
What can I use if I don’t have corn starch?
There are many substitutes for corn starch, but the one that is often used for the most similar result is potato starch. If that’s not available then arrowroot flour, tapioca flour or rice flour will also work. Just keep in mind that using the latter options might produce a slightly different batter, so experiment as you cook and adjust accordingly.
Yes, you can! Canh Ga Chien Nuoc Mam needs to be given time to cool down and then just put them in a freeze-safe sealed bag or container. They will last for up to 4 months. To cook, simply refry and make the sauce to coat.
Tips for the best results
Double or triple fry the wings. To keep the batter crisp for longer, cook the wings until 80% golden and let it drip dry in a colander. Bring the heat up to fry again until completely golden. You can repeat this for a triple fry.
Coat the wings when they’re still hot. The sauce will seep into the coating much better with a warmer temperature.
Marinate the chicken for longer. Ideally overnight, but the longer you marinate, the better because then every drop of sauce and bit of seasoning penetrates deeper into the chicken.
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