This Chinese-style, Air-fried Salt and Pepper chicken wings will be your new favorite dish for game day and parties. They are quick, easy to make, and have the most amazing (but not overpowering) Sichuan peppercorn flavor and that unique tongue-tingling sensation that we love in Sichuan cuisine.
Add chicken wings to a bowl. Pat dry if they're too moist. Add soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, white pepper powder (and a tiny bit of oil if you have a lot of drums). Mix very well.
Add cornstarch to chicken wings and gently mix to lightly coat the wings.
Preheat the air-fryer at 375F (190C) for 5 minutes.
Place chicken wings in one layer in the air-fryer basket (if you have a smaller air-fryer, do it in two batches). Air-fry at 375F for 10 minutes.
Flip the wings. Increase the Air-fryer temperature to 390F and Air-Fry for another 3 - 5 minutes. (time may vary depending on the size of the chicken wings. To make sure your chicken wings are done, cook until the internal temperature reads 165F when you insert a meat thermometer)
To a small pan, add Sichuan peppercorns and salt. Slowly roast them in medium-low heat until peppercorns turn brown in color and feels aromatic.
Transfer them to a mortar and pestle (You can also use a small spice/coffee grinder). Grind them to a powder.
Transfer chicken wings to a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle only 1 tsp of the salt and Sichuan pepper powder you just made. Shake and toss the bowl to coat the wings with salt and pepper powder. Taste and add more if you need.