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Taiwanese salty crispy chicken 鹹酥雞, night market street food

Here is a very popular Taiwanese Street Food – Taiwanese salty crispy chicken 鹹酥雞. Lots of people buy this at the night markets or at the stalls on the way home after work. If you like fried chicken, and who doesn’t, you will like this dish! We served ours simply with some boiled rice and some stir fried green vegetables on the side. Alternatively you can have it with all sorts of combinations; as a starter/snack on its own, with coleslaw and french fries is one of our favourites too. Have a beer with it too!

Taiwanese salty crispy chicken, tasty street food

Taiwanese salty crispy chicken, tasty street food

The ingredients (for 2 to 3 people) 食材;

ingredients

ingredients

  • half a kilo of chicken pieces
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1.5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 garlic clove chopped finely
  • half a tsp five spice
  • half a tsp white pepper
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • handful of basil leaves
  • sweet potato flour, coarse ground if possible
  • Taiwanese salt ‘n’ pepper powder

The method 作法;

  1. chop the chicken into small pieces, boneless if you like, depends on your preference
  2. in the bowl with the chicken add your soy sauce, rice wine and garlic, five spaice and white pepper
  3. mix it all together for a few minutes then put it in the fridge for 30 mins to marinade
  4. add your egg yolk to the chicken mixture, mix it up
  5. coat the chicken pieces in the sweet potato flour, one by one and put them on a plate
  6. wait until the flour coated pieces get wet again before frying
  7. get your oil hot and at least 1″ deep. We used just a small pan and fried the chicken in 2 batches
  8. put the chicken in piece by piece, don’t stir it for a while, you don’t want the crispy coating to come off
  9. when golden brown take the chicken pieces out and heat the oil to very hot again; re introduce the chicken to the oil for a ocuple of minutes.
  10. repeat step 9. one more time and add your basil leaves. this will be nice and crispy.
  11. a couple of minutes later it’s ready to servce and you should sprinkle the Taiwanese salt n papper poweder over the chicken pieces and toss the whole lot to make sure it’s all got seasoning on
  12. now serve it on its own or with some side dishes… yummy!

Joanne has recorded a how to make Taiwanese salty crispy chicken 鹹酥雞 street food cooking video so you can see and follow the timings, chopping shapes and sizes, and method step by step, as she prepares this delicious traditional Taiwanese street food.

Taiwanese salty crispy chicken 鹹酥雞 night market Taiwan food, cooking video

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32 comments

  1. Nice! It’s one of my favorite snacks! If I can’t get sweet potato flour, can I use regular flour? What will be the differrence?

    Also, it looks like the video should be re-edited, there’s just a black screen after the end of the recipe.
    Thanks!

  2. That looks like ordinary European basil to me? This should be Thai basil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_basil) which you can usually find at Thai shops in major UK towns and cities. Otherwise, nice looking recipe!

  3. This is one of our favorite night market foods. We’ve been looking for a good recipe, forever. Thanks for this one.

  4. Hi Taiwan Duck! Maybe you can include Chinese instructions too? For fellow Chinese.

  5. Where can you buy Taiwanese salt and pepper? Is there an online store that sells this? what brand would you recommend?

  6. Hi the chicken look awesone. But I can not find the taiwan salt and pepper powder. Do you have the recipe? Thnks.

    • Hi Lizzie

      Here is how to maike Taiwanese salt & pepper powder;
      1 tbsp salt
      half tbsp white pepper
      half tbsp black pepper
      quarter tbsp of Chinese 5 spice
      half a tsp of 高纖味精 natural MSG substitute (or chicken stock powder)

      grind all that together!

  7. can you show how to make chinese pork bun, it’s a steamed bun with a pork filling and a ground peanut.

  8. thank you very much for posting all of these recipes. i truly see these foods here in taiwan and so very happy that you are sharing how to prepare all of these.i’m gonna surely cook them one at a time. can’t wait for more recipes.

  9. if i want to make the seasoning more spicy is there anything i could add to the taiwanese salt and pepper powder?

  10. Hi this is one of my favorite Taiwan snacks, can you write down the chinese characters for the special salt and pepper mixture so I can ask someone to buy for me in Taiwan? Is it readily available in their grocery store? Thank you.

  11. Hello, i really love your recipes! I wanted to try this, but I realised you didn’t mention when do I put in the Sugar? I suppose it’s supposed to be put into with the marinade ingredients together?

  12. It seems you’re familiar with taiwanese food. I have a question here. When you go to shilin night market, you see the famous xxl chicken.
    Do you know what kind of flour they are using? In which, when they fry the chicken, the flour coating create a unique buble texture, golden color, and dont get black easily.

  13. we saw a bottle labelled as 炸盐酥鸡粉 5 spice powder on the website http://rasamalaysia.com/salt-and-pepper-chicken-recipe/?pid=2684#image-4728….

    would like to know if is this the same as the special salt n pepper powder that u used? and does it serve as a 5 spice powder as well?

  14. Wow, this was yummy. We had this with rice, topped with furikake, a salad and some kewpie for dipping the crispy pieces of chicken. Lucky for me I live in Australia, so all the ingrediants were easy to find. Thank you Joanne, cant wait to make the Braised pork on rice tomorrow 😉

  15. What is the best kind of chicken to use? I think chicken breast can be too dry, right? Does boneless skinless thighs yield the best texture? Thanks.

  16. Hello! I just finished making this recipe for my wife and myself. We lived in Taichung for 4 years, but are now in the U.S. This instantly brought us back to Taiwan! So Delicious and very authentic. Thank you so so much.

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