Turmeric Spiced Fried Chicken with Spicy Chili Sauce
A different kind of fried chicken. Turmeric Spiced Fried Chicken is marinated in delicious spices like turmeric, coriander and garam masala then cooked twice, served with a spicy chili sauce. Results are flavorful, crispy chicken without batter and served with a sweet and spicy chili sauce.
When Indian spices meet an Indonesian cooking method. The chicken is first cooked in the marinade, then shallow fried.
I call this dish ‘spiced’ because there are spices added, but it is not spicy. It is served with a chili dipping sauce that adds a delicious, sweet and spicy bite so you can control how much spice you want in every bite or. you can leave it out for the kids.
Inspired by Ayem Goreng (Indonesian and Malaysian fried chicken) there is a 2 stage cooking process involved with this turmeric spiced fried chicken. The first step is simmering the chicken in the marinade, which adds all the flavors to the chicken, then the chicken is fried to crisp the skin.
Where it may seem like a lot of work cooking the chicken twice, it does actually serve 2 purposes. The first cooking, seals the flavors into the chicken and cooks the sauce. The frying, crisps up the chicken and seals in the flavors.
There is no heavy breading or batter on this fried chicken which makes it low carb, keto friendly and gluten-free and lower in calories (if you’re counting, it’s approximately 472 calories for 2 pieces of chicken).
Speaking of keto, my sister website has an easy recipe for Keto Five Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers that are marinated in Asian flavors. Picture below.
Turmeric is a very vibrantly colored spice. Anything it touches, it stains, including skin, white counter tops and clothing so please be mindful when making the sauce.
If you were to take the chicken right from the marinade to the frying, the oil bubble and splashes up (which is dangerous) because of the moisture in the paste.
Yes. Cook the chicken up to step 4 of the recipe (cooking in the marinade), then transfer to air fryer (instead of frying in oil) in a single layer without overlapping. Cooking time will depend on your air fryer (set to 390°F/200°C for about 15-20 minutes) so use a meat thermometer and cook until the internal temperature reads 165°F/75°C).
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