Crispy Thai Chicken

I came home from work, and had a hankering for something crispy and spicy. I looked in the fridge, and found a pre-made salad, some chicken bits and Red Thai Curry Paste. (Although I would prefer to make my own - sometimes there simply is not the time, nor do I have the ingredients). As such adaptability is the key!!)

I could not think what to make, so I ended up combing up with the Crispy Thai Chicken.

Generally, I try to avoid deep frying food, mainly as I prefer to oven cook it and keep the dish healthier. However, batter is batter - and no amount of oven cooking is going to develop the crispy crunchy texture I so wanted.

This is a very easy recipe - taking no longer than 10 minutes to prepare.

I have to say the result was fantastic - a lovely Thai spice, with mouth watering fresh citrus undertones and delicious crispy chicken.

The salad was served dressed with Thai dipping sauce and a little olive oil and worked brilliantly.

I highly recommend giving this a go!!!

Crispy Thai Chicken : Close Up


for the Crispy Thai Chicken: [serves 3]
2 chicken legs, 2 chicken wings
1 tbsp red Thai chilli paste
2 tbsp plain white flour
175 ml cold water
1 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp thai fish sauce
1 tbsp thai dipping sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
zest of half a lemon
4 kaffir lime leaves, roughly chopped

oil to shallow fry

1 pre-made mixed salad
1 tsp sweet Thai dipping sauce
1 tsp olive oil

salt and pepper to taste


for the Crispy Thai Chicken :
1) Pre heat the oven to gas mark 4.
2) place the Thai Red Curry paste into a large mixing bowl.
3) Add the flour and water and whisk well.
4) Mix in the lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, Thai fish sauce and Thai dipping sauce. Whisk again to combine the ingredients.
5) Add the chicken pieces, mix well, cover and leave for 30 minutes to marinade.
6) Place enough vegetable oil in a small saucepan and heat on a medium heat until shimmering.
7) Add the kaffir lime leaves and fry until golden.
8) Remow with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on kitchen towel.
9) Add the chicken a piece at a time and fry until golden on both sides. Remove from the oil and place on a baking tray.
10) Repeat until all the chicken is cooked.
11) Patch up the chicken pieces with the remaining batter. Apply the batter generously.
12) Put the chicken in the oven for 30-35 minutes until crispy and golden.
13) When ready to serve, plate up the prepared salad.
14) Combine the salad with the Thai dispping sauce, olive oil, and season to taste.
15) Serve the chicken immediately with the kaffir lime leaves scattered over the chicken.

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the Thai Red Paste

Add the Red Thai Curry Paste to a mixing bowl

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the flour

Add the flour

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the water

Add the water to make thick batter

Crispy Thai Chicken : Whisk well

Whisk until well combined

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the honey

Add the honey and Thai dipping sauce

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the Thai Fish Sauce and Lemon Juice

Add the Thai fish sauce, lemon zest and juice

Crispy Thai Chicken : Add the chicken pieces

Add the chicken pieces, coating them in the batter

Crispy Thai Chicken : Mix well in the batter

Leave to marinade for 30 minutes or longer

Crispy Thai Chicken : Chop the kaffir lime leaf

Chop the kaffir lime leaves

Crispy Thai Chicken : Shallow fry the kaffir lime leaves

Shallow fry the kaffir lime leaves until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towel

Crispy Thai Chicken : Shallow fry the chicken pieces

Shallow fry the chicken pieces, only at a time

Crispy Thai Chicken : Patch up and place in the oven

Patch up the coat in with any remaining batter.Place in the oven

Crispy Thai Chicken : Prepare the salad

Prepare the salad (well..... tip artistically onto a bowl ;-p)

Crispy Thai Chicken : Dress with sweet thai dipping sauce

Dress the salad with olive oil and Thai dipping sauce

Crispy Thai Chicken : Finished Dish

Once the chicken is cooked, scatterter over the reserve lime leaves and serve immediately

Crispy Thai Chicken : Close Up

Close up of delicious Thai Crispy Chicken

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