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Thai Street Vendor Style Hat Yai Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

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Street vendor food is hugely popular with both tourists and locals in Thailand as a cheap and tasty way to eat. In this recipe we show you how to make Hat Yai southern fried chicken which is a recipe which originates in the south of Thailand. It is a mild flavoured and very easy and tasty way to liven up boring old chicken! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Hat Yai fried chicken has a crispy outer coating which is thinner and lighter than western fried chicken, and is far less oily. This is one recipe that chicken lovers simply have to try, as words do not do the flavour justice!

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Hat Yai Southern Fried Chicken Ingredients

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  • 1kg chicken legs (with skin)
  • 3 large shallots
  • 10g coriander stalks (stalks with leaf removed)
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp of chicken seasoning powder
  • 6 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar

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Step 1: Crush the garlic, coriander stalks, and shallots in a mortar and pestle until broken down into a thick lumpy paste.

Preparing the marinade

Step 2:  Add the salt, sugar, chicken seasoning powder and the paste we made in the mortar and pestle into a large mixing bowl, and mix everything together.

mixing the chicken marinade

Step 3:  Place the chicken legs into the mixing bowl and rub the marinade into each chicken leg so that they are all coated thoroughly.

marinating the southern fried thai chicken

Step 4: Leave the chicken to marinade in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Step 5: Once the chicken has finished marinading, coat each chicken leg in the rice flour. Make sure that the chicken is completely covered with rice flour.

coating the chicken in flour

Step 6: Deep fry the chicken legs for about 15 minutes (depending on how large the legs are) Ensure they are cooked all the way through. The chicken should be browned, dont be alarmed by burnt looking areas as this is simply the shallots charring, which is a normal part of the cooking process and adds flavour.

street vendor style thai fried chicken

Step 7: Serve and enjoy, goes perfectly with sticky rice.

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  • Thai Fried Chicken

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