This crispy chicken with Thai sauce is one of my husband’s favorite dish. However, I only cook this very rarely due to the deep-frying process. I try to avoid deep-frying mainly due to the fact it is a waste of cooking oil and the helluva cleaning up afterwards, really not due to health issue 🙂 In fact, most of my comfort food are deep-fried food!
I made this for CNY dinner last week and thought I should snap some pictures while cooking to share on my blog.
I don’t have exact measurement for the ingredients, this will really depends on your taste bud.
Ingredients for crispy chicken:
- chicken thigh fillet cut into strips of approximately 1 cm thickness, or substitute to breast fillet for a slightly healthier version
- light soy sauce for marinate
- salt, pepper and pinch of sugar for marinate
- tapioca flour for coating
- plenty of oil for deep-frying
Ingredients for the sauce:
- fresh coriander, chopped coarsely
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- chilli, thinly sliced
- sweet chilli sauce
- lime juice
- salt and sugar to taste
- 1-2 tablespoon of water
Mix all marinate seasoning to the chicken well and let it sit in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Once it is ready, make sure to heat up enough oil in the pan to allow for deep-frying.
Coat each piece of chicken with tapioca flour and make sure all surface is covered. When the oil in the pan is hot (test by dipping bamboo chopstick to the oil; the oil is ready if there are tiny bubbles around the chopstick), shake off excess flour from each piece of chicken before deep-frying. Deep fry the chicken in batches and do not overcrowd the pan or else those chicken will not be crispy but soggy. I think it took me about 4-5 minutes for each batch to cook, then take them off heat and place in plate with paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
For the sauce, heat up about 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, add in the crushed garlic and toss until fragrant. Then add in the chilli and chopped coriander, toss for about 1 minute and add in the remaining ingredients and mixed well. Cook until the sauce is thicken and take off heat.