Spring Chicken

May 26, 2016

Author Notes: Literally...this recipe comes from my brother Chef Samir D... He made it for me some 40 years ago! nykavi

Serves: 4


  • 1 pound boneless skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 2 teaspoons Soy Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Garlic paste
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot
  • A large pinches Ajinomoto (optional)
  • Canola oil for frying
In This Recipe


  1. Wash and pat dry chicken. Chop chicken into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces. Place in a glass bowl.
  2. Chop cilantro finely.
  3. Add soy sauce, garlic paste and cilantro to chicken. Stir to mix. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight for best results.
  4. When you are ready to fry, heat oil in a wok or deep saucepan. You should have at least 2-3 inches of oil in the pan. Coat chicken pieces with cornstarch and drop gently into hot oil. Fry 4-5 pieces at a time so as not to crowd the pan. Overcrowding will lower the temperature of the oil resulting in a longer fry and oilier chicken. Fry chicken, turning often till crusty, 6-8 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels. Keep chicken warm in a low oven while you fry the rest of the pieces. Serve as an appetizer or part of an Asian meal.

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