If you've had this amazing fried chicken either in Jeddah or Makkah or anywhere that has an Al-Baik fast-food chain, then am sure you could not possibly forget how fantastic it is. I tried many recipes but none came close, this one is the nearest to the real thing as I could get!! Fantastic crispy on the outside, yet moist and tender inside.
1 chicken, cut into 8-10 pieces (with or without skin, up to you)
Wash and drain the chicken well. Using a fork, prick the chicken pieces all over.
Then marinate them in:
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. corn flour
1 tsp. ginger paste
1 tbsp. garlic paste
1 tbsp. soya sauce
1 tsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. cinnamon powder
1 tbsp. paprika
salt to taste
½ tsp. Chinese salt
½ tsp. black pepper powder
Cover with cling film and put the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
Next, mix half a cup of flour with half tsp. salt and half tsp. chili powder. Put this in a plastic bag.
Now, 2 pieces at a time, put the chicken in the flour bag and shake to make sure each piece is well coated with the flour. This helps give the chicken a perfect rough and crispy surface.
Heat oil on high, add the chicken pieces without crowding the pan. You can do them in 2-3 batches. Lower the heat and deep-fry each batch for about 15 minutes, making sure to turn the chicken pieces once or twice in the oil in order to get them golden on all sides.
Drain on kitchen towels and serve with fries and some garlic sauce! Enjoy. :)
Here is the garlic sauce recipe.