Crispy Chicken (airfried)
Crispy chicken is a popular Chinese dish, well known throughout the world. I love the crispy skin and the tender juicy chicken meat with a hint of salt and five spice powder ….. mmmm.
Crispy chicken has been on my ‘To Do” list but I wasn’t keen on deep frying. I wondered what an air fried version would be like. The conclusion – the skin is super crispy and the meat is really juicy – without the need for any oil and no oily fumes in the kitchen. The added advantage is I don’t have to cook a whole chicken at one go. Air frying is definitely my way of cooking crispy chicken from now on! Here is my recipe.
- 1 whole chicken (or use just 2 pieces of Chicken Maryland)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 quarters of lemon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp five spice powder
- Half-filled a deep pan with water.
- Add lemon quarters and honey and bring the water to a boil. Then turn the temperature down to low.
- Place the chicken in the simmering water and bathe the chicken in the hot liquid for about 5 mins. Remove the chicken when the skin looked The skin should look plump.
- Mix the salt and five spice powder. Rub this mixture in the belly of the chicken. If cooking only Chicken Maryland, rub the salt and five spice mixture in the cut portion of the chicken. Do not season the skin.
- Hang the chicken in a stand, with the cut portion facing down, to drip dry. Alternatively, place the chicken on a cooling rack, with cut portion facing down so that any moisture can drip out of the chicken. Dry the chicken for several hours until the skin is dry to touch.
- If you have a large airfryer, place the whole dry chicken in the basket. Alternatively, cut the chicken in large chunks and place them in the airfryer. There is no need to put any oil on the skin. In fact the chicken will produce quite a lot of oil as it fries. The air fryer is perfect for this as the oil will drain into the bottom drawer of the air fryer.
- Set the temperature at 180°C and fry until the skin turns golden brown. This may take 20-30 mins depending on the amount of chicken and the size of the air fryer. Flip the chicken over mid way through the frying process. Use a food thermometer to test if chicken is cooked. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 75°C.