For your Farm Fresh Chooks: Soy Garlic Fried Chicken
Eating Off-the-Grid don't need to be a la Pobre
by Stephanie Quesada for REACH
Have you eaten at a fried chicken specialty restaurants ( like say BonChon ) where you might be wondering how to make the same glorious, crispy, soy garlic, fried chicken, coated with a sweet-salty glaze that keep you coming back for more? Fret not. I will teach you how to cook your usual home fried chicken, or any regular fried meat recipe, in the way those places might cook theirs and still get that special crispy goodness and tangy flavor!
What you need are:
A deep fryer or a casserole with about 2 cups of oil A stove A strainer A regular frying pan The ingredients you must have for the coating are: 4 pieces of Chicken legs Flour 1 teaspoon Pepper Fine bread crumbs Some Salt 1 egg
The ingredients you must have for the coating are: About half a cup of sugar 2/3 cup soy sauce Some finely chopped garlic to taste
For starters, you must have your farm fresh, or better if you use free-range chicken, ready it by cleaning the chicken well before you cook it. Cook immediately after the cuts are ready to savor all that good gamey flavor. To cook delicious, country-style, fried chicken, start by rubbing the meat, all of it, in rock or sea salt. Then, dip your raw chicken in a bowl of raw egg before dusting it with a mix of flour and pepper. Refrigerate it for 15 minutes, and repeat the process for the remaining choice cuts. Finally, take the pieces out of the fridge and dip the chicken in egg again before rolling it in breadcrumbs.
Fry the chicken, preferably in medium to low heat, until golden brown. To mix the glaze, combine the sugar, soy sauce, and garlic together onto the frying pan, and slowly melt the sugar in the soy sauce in low heat. To coat the chicken with the glaze, turn your heat to medium to high, and stir-fry the fried chicken on the pan with the soy sauce and sugar mixture. Make sure you cover the chicken with the glaze evenly. Cool it a bit for a few minutes, before serving to make the outside coating extra crispy!
See how easy that was?
You can fry your own masterpiece any time. With just a few simple steps. Satisfy your craving for home cooked,soy garlic fried chicken as good as any fried chicken specialist restaurant. No need for take-out food if you can do the same recipe with home-cooking!
Since you cooked your free range or farm chicken yourself, all the ingredients you’ve placed in there are the only ones you eat. In restaurants, there might be some extra additives (MSG) and even preservatives mixed in to lock flavor and extend shelf life before the chicken tastes like cardboard. Sometimes, in fastfood joints, they need the food to stay fresh for weeks at a time. Who knows what they do to their chicken? Home-cooked meals are so much healthier, and also really fun to make! Especially if you have pet chickens, a free range operation or gamefowl to cull from your stock.
If your resources permit, there are other fried chicken goodies to try too like basil, rosemary, tarragon among other spices. But for your basic, soy garlic fried chicken, these simple steps capture the flavor you find at any posh chicken place anywhere in the Grid.