Crisp-Skin Chicken Recipe

Crisp-Skin Chicken Recipe

Ingredients : Serves 4

1 small

1 teaspoon

2 teaspoons

1 tablespoon


Frying chicken about 1 kg

Cayenne pepper

Ground Cinnamon




Five spice powder

Method :
  • Wash chicken and remove neck and giblets.

  • Wipe with kitchen paper towels inside and out, and rub inside the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt mixed with a quarter teaspoon five spice powder.

  • In a saucepan bring to the boil 6 cups of water with the cayenne pepper, cinnamon and 2 teaspoons five spice powder and pour over the chicken in a bowl.

  • Leave chicken in this while bringing to the boil 4 more cups water and the honey.

  • Add the lemon cut in slices.

  • Drain chicken from the first mixture and put it in a colander.

  • Pour the honey mixture over, making sure it comes in contact with all parts of the chicken.

  • Put the chicken on a wire cake rack in front of a window or in some airy place to dry; in the sunlight would be ideal if you can hang it in a safe place. Leave to dry for 5 hours.

  • Just before serving, heat about 8 cups of oil in a wok and heat it but do not have it too hot.

  • Tie the legs of the chicken together, leaving some string to hold it with, and lower the bird into the oil.

  • With a ladle, spoon oil over the chicken as it cooks, and turn it so that it is cooked and brown on all sides.

  • On medium heat, the chicken should be cooked through in about 12-15 minutes.

  • Test by piercing with a fine skewer where the thigh joins the body.

  • If juice that runs out is clear, the chicken is done, but if it is pink return it to the pan for further cooking.

  • Lift on to a board with slotted spoon and cut the chicken in half lengthways with a heavy chopper.

  • Place each half cut side down on the board and chop through into 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide strips, then reassemble the bird on a serving dish.

  • Serve with salt and five spice mix and wedges of lemon.

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves if liked and serve immediately.

  • The pieces of chicken is sprinkled with the spice mix and lemon juice by each person before eating.

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