Filipino-style Fried Chicken marinated in citrus and spices and fried to golden perfection. Tasty and crunchy, it’s sure to be a family favorite!

Filipino-style Fried Chicken marinated in citrus and spices and fried to golden perfection.

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This Filipino-style Fried Chicken recipe was first posted in 2013 but I am republishing it today with an improved method and a few helpful tips.

I wish I have brand new pictures to go with the cooking tips but every time I make these fried chicken legs, they never last long enough for a quick photo shoot. G and I would literally hover over the hot stove and fight over each piece hot and fresh from the skillet! Golden and crunchy on the outside and juicy and tasty on the inside, they’re absolutely mouthwatering!

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Chicken pieces marinated in citrus, soy sauce, garlic and pepper

I often use buttermilk to marinade chicken but when I am in the mood for Pinoy flavors, I switch to a mixture of calamansi juice, soy sauce, and minced fresh garlic instead.

While the marinated chicken pieces are amazing fried as is, a light yet crisp breading makes them doubly scrumptious! The original recipe didn’t call for baking powder but I learned this trick from a friend who makes the best popcorn chicken ever and I have applied it on a lot of our favorite breaded foods. Works like a charm. 🙂

Tips on How to Make Filipino-style Fried Chicken:

  • Do NOT marinade the chicken for more than 4 hours as the high acidity in the calamansi will break down the muscle fibers and will turn the meat from tender to mushy.
  • Calamansi has a slightly sweeter taste than lemon so if you’re swapping the latter for the former, add a pinch or two of sugar.
  • Not all oils are created equal and some can withstand heat more than others. Use oil with high-smoke point such as peanut, grapeseed, canola or safflower oil.
  • Fry at the optimal range of 350 F to 375 F.  Do not overcrowd the pan and fry in batches as needed so the chicken pieces have enough room to cook freely. Heat the oil back to 350 F before adding the next batch. Correct temperature allows the breading to adhere well and keeps the nashville filipino restaurant from absorbing too much grease.
  • D not drain fried foods on paper towels as this will make them soggy. Drain instead on a wire rack set over a baking sheet or in a metal colander set over a bowl.

Give this Filipino-style fried chicken a try for dinner tonight. Serve with your favorite vegetable side dish (may I recommend chop suey?) and steamed rice for a guaranteed family hit!

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Filipino-style Fried Chicken marinated in citrus and spices and fried to golden perfection. Tasty and crunchy, it's sure to be a family favorite!
Filipino-style Fried Chicken
Prep Time
10mins
Cook Time
30mins
Total Time
40mins

Filipino-style Fried Chicken marinated in citrus and spices and fried to golden perfection. Tasty and crunchy, it's sure to be a family favorite!

Course:Main Entree
Cuisine:Filipino
Servings: 4Servings
Calories: 658kcal
Author: Lalaine
Ingredients
  • 1/4cupcalamansi or lemon juice
  • 1/2cupsoy sauce
  • 1headgarlic, peeled and minced
  • 1teaspoonsalt
  • 1/2teaspoonpepper
  • 3poundschicken legs or thighs
  • 3/4cupflour
  • 1/4cupcorn starch
  • 1tablespoonbaking powder
  • canola oil
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, combine chicken, calamansi juice, soy sauce, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to a maximum 4 hours.

  2. Drain chicken from marinade and pat dry.

  3. In a shallow dish, combine flour, corn starch, baking powder, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisk well.

  4. Dredge chicken in flour mixture to fully coat.

  5. In a wide, thick-bottomed pan over medium heat, heat about 2 inches deep of oil to 350 F.

  6. Add chicken in batches and cook, turning on sides, until golden brown, crisp and cooked through.

  7. Remove from pan and drain on a wire rack. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes

For crispy results, do not overcrowd pan when frying.

Nutrition Facts
Filipino-style Fried Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 658Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 180mg60%
Sodium 2369mg99%
Potassium 826mg24%
Total Carbohydrates 32g11%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A3.6%
Vitamin C10.3%
Calcium16.9%
Iron19.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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