There’s something about a perfectly fried chicken that just makes everything feel better. Maybe it’s the crispy, salty skin or the juicy meat inside. Whatever it is, this dish never fails to make an impression. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make a delicious and authentic version of Asian fried chicken.
Asian Fried Chicken Ingredients:
1/2 cup of flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper powder
2 cups ice water as needed for mixing and shaping the dough
3 to 4 pounds chicken, cut into serving pieces as preferred by individual taste
Vegetable oil for deep frying as needed
Asian fried chicken directions:
1. For preparing the batter, put flour in a large bowl and mix with cornstarch, salt, and white pepper powder. Gradually pour in enough ice water and mix until it forms a smooth batter that is neither too thick nor too runny. If the consistency is just right, the coating will form a thin layer around each piece of chicken after frying instead of piling up thickly on the chicken pieces.
2. Coat the chicken pieces thoroughly with batter and let them rest for at least 30 minutes to absorb flavors. This is considered as an important step in preparing this dish because it allows the coating to stick tightly onto the surface of each piece without coming off easily during frying, thus making it appear crisper and more appetizing. Also, deep-fried goods usually taste better when they are allowed to sit a while before eating.
3. Heat oil in a large wok over medium heat until it reaches 325 degrees Fahrenheit (162 Celsius). Deep fry coated chicken pieces until golden brown on both sides then move around occasionally with metal tongs or wooden chopsticks so that they cook evenly on all surfaces. Put cooked pieces on paper towels to absorb excess oil before transferring them to rice.
4. To serve in a classic Chinese style, cut chicken into small pieces and put it on top of cooked jasmine rice in individual rice bowls or plates with vegetables on the side. Serve with hot chili sauce for individuals who prefer spicier versions of this dish.
5. The best thing about fried chicken is that leftovers are still great when they are reheated in an oven or even toaster oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius) for 15 minutes or so until done thoroughly inside out. However, please note that spices may lose their flavors when exposed to high temperatures repeatedly. So, to keep spices fresh longer during storage, avoid reheating the same dish more than twice in a row.
The Asian fried chicken recipe is something that you can easily make at home and enjoy with your family. You will need to buy some boneless, skinless pieces of white meat and then marinate them in a mixture of soy sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground ginger, and honey before frying it for about 10 minutes in vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the chicken has turned golden brown on both sides add water or beer so they cover the chickens by half an inch. Cover the pan tightly with foil and cook until done which should be about 15 more minutes depending on size. The result? Delicious crispy Asian fried chicken!