Tested till perfect Crispy Fried Chicken with Basil

Crispy Fried Chicken with Basil

A fried coating of sweet potato starch gives this chicken its uniquely chewy yet crispy texture. Sweet potato starch is a specialty product in Taiwanese and Fujian cooking. It is available in fine and coarse grind; coarse is best for frying. Buy it at a Chinese or Korean grocer. No other starch produces the same texture, but if it's unavailable, you can use cornstarch.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: September 2009

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  • Portion size 4


  • 2 2boneless skinless chicken breastboneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tsp 4tsplight coloured soy sauce
  • 2 tsp 2tspChinese rice wine, sake or dry sherry
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspfinely grated gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspgranulated sugar
  • 1 tsp 1tspfive-spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspground cinnamon
  • 1/2 1/2sweet potato starch
  • vegetable oil, (enough for deep frying)
  • 1 cup 1cuploosely packed fresh Thai basil or basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsea salt
  • 1 pinch 1pinchpepper
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Cut chicken into 2- x 1-inch (5 x 2.5 cm) pieces. In bowl, toss together chicken, soy sauce, wine, ginger, sugar, five-spice powder and cinnamon; let marinate for at least 10 minutes or for up to 30 minutes.

Press chicken, 1 piece at a time, into starch to coat; let stand for 10 minutes.

In wok or skillet, heat about 3 cups (750 mL) oil over medium heat just until surface shimmers (or deep-fry thermometer reads 275 to 300°F /135 to 149°C). Add chicken, separating pieces to prevent sticking; fry until coloured, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to high; fry until golden brown and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add basil; fry until crispy, 40 to 60 seconds. With slotted spatula or spoon, scoop out chicken mixture; drain well and transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 260 pro 20g total fat 15g sat. fat 1g
carb 10g fibre 1g chol 49mg sodium 445mg
potassium 318mg

% RDI:

calcium 3 iron 9 vit A 5 vit C 3
folate 4
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