Taiwanese Deep-Fried Chicken

Despite the fact that most Taiwanese are probably not familiar with the term “finger-licking good” doesn’t mean they don’t know what honest-to-goodness deep-fried chicken is.

In fact, they’ve perfected the art of producing tender white chicken chunks dipped in a special batter and sprinkled with the most delicious herbs and spices to be found.

Taiwanese Deep-Fried Chicken is one of the most popular snacks in Taiwan, and it’s not unusual to see kids snacking on chicken fillets or  chicken chunks at school. You can even find pre-packaged deep fried fillets at the local 7-11.

The Taiwanese recipe is highly addictive. Vendors offer a number of seasonings, such as white pepper, chili, Taiwanese basil, curry, dried laver, plum, and garlic to give it an exotic flavor. Ingredients seem to differ from food cart to food cart.

It’s bad for me, I know, but there’s no denying that the Taiwanese have a thing or two to teach the Colonel about secret blends of herbs and spices.  This spicy treat never fails to make my mouth water every time I pass through a night market.

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

5 thoughts on “Taiwanese Deep-Fried Chicken

    jessiev

    (May 6, 2010 - 3:41 pm)

    YUM. i’d love a handful of these – they look fantastic!
    .-= jessiev´s last blog ..PEPY: Adventurous Living. Responsible Giving. =-.

    Wanderluster

    (May 6, 2010 - 9:46 pm)

    That blend of spices does sound really finger-lickin’. Thanks for the share!
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    Migration Mark

    (June 1, 2010 - 11:24 am)

    Hehe, I would agree that the Colonel should have come to Asia before putting together his recipe. There is an eatery in Bangkok that has the most amazing fried chicken I’ve ever tasted, but the Taiwanese snack looks to be wondrous!
    .-= Migration Mark´s last blog ..Malaysian Spaghetti: Super Kitchen Chili Pan Mee =-.

      Carrie

      (June 4, 2010 - 3:41 pm)

      Mark,

      What’s the name of that place in Bangkok? I’d like to try it the next time I’m there.

    melissa parrish

    (November 2, 2010 - 6:09 pm)

    Carrie ,
    My boyfriend travels for a living while he was in Tiawan he enjoyed the chicken you speek of. He has come home since then crazy about plum or( plum powder?) that he tasted on this chicken. We love to cook together and we have searched for this plum in many oriental markets and they do not seem to know about it or do not have it . Can you help us with a recipe or where we could find this product?

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