Tuesday 4 January 2011


I like fried chicken but don't like frying. I have my fair share of frying mishaps. The food turns out alright but I can't say the same about myself. Luckily, I have found a way around it. 

This unfried chicken actually tastes better than fried chicken. It is pre-cooked in gentle heat to absorb the flavourings, then baked until the skin is crusty. The chicken is flavourful, tender and juicy. The chicken skin bubbles and crisps up. 

It is also fast and easy to make so it could quite quickly replace your regular chicken take-away. The result is similar to a popular Filipino fried chicken from a restaurant called Max's.  Flavour to the max, no sweat, less grease.


1 whole chicken, split in two
3 segments of star anise
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 tsp. fine sea salt
oil for basting the chicken


Put the chicken, skin side down, in a wok. Put the rest of the ingredients, except for the sea salt and the cooking oil, and top up with water to nearly cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat, covered for twenty minutes. 

After twenty minutes, lift the chicken, skin side up, on to a rack with a tray underneath to catch the juices. Lay them a few inches apart so air can circulate around them. 

When the skin is dry to the touch, baste the chicken skin with oil and sprinkle with the sea salt. Bake in a pre-heated oven, 350° F/180° C for 45 minutes to an hour, until the chicken skin is browned, crisp and blistered. Let rest for 10 minutes before chopping into serving pieces.

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  1. I love the flavors you used in this. It sounds like it would be a party for my tastebuds!

  2. Exactly how I want chicken - crispy, but without all that grease from the frying pan! Will do this soon.

    1. Hi Annie. It actually tastes better than fried because you can taste the crisp skin and not the oil.

  3. I made this today and my family loved it. I only had chicken cut-ups but still worked alright.

    You know what's this recipe reminds me of? Max's Chicken!!!

    1. Glad your family liked it, Gilbert. Thanks for saying that it tastes like Max's. That's what I was going for. What a compliment.

  4. Perfect for healthy conscious eater! I can imagine it as a hit for my family!


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