Here’s how you can make your own homemade Taiwanese “Shihlin” XXL Fried Chicken from scratch

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Most of us should be very familiar with the XXL fried chicken, a Taiwanese street food of deep fried chicken marinated with spices.

Here in Singapore, it is popularised by food chain Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks, whose outlets are unfortunately not halal-certified. Thankfully, the one in JB City Square is and we always make it a point to get the greasy goodness when we’re there.

We’ve seen off brand versions appearing at pasar malam, but the best one is undeniably from Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks itself.

But, maybe this viral recipe that has over 11k shares on Facebook might just live up to the popular stall’s standards.

“Shihlin” XXL Fried Chicken, but at home

Here’s what you need:

shihlin XXL fried chicken ingredients
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For Chicken

  • 1 pc Chicken Breast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Five Spice Powder (Buy here)
  • Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1 cup Potato Flour
  • Cooking Oil
shihlin XXL fried chicken ingredients
Photo via RedChili21 MY/Facebook

Seasoning Powder Mix

  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder (Buy here)
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Paprika Powder (Buy here)
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (Buy here)

How to make it

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  1. Cut chicken breast into a butterfly. Use a meat mallet to flatten chicken and gently break meat fiber then use a rolling pin to flatten it.
  2. Dissolve water with sugar, salt, and five spice powder. Then, add chicken breast into marinade.
  3. Once water is absorbed, add water and gently massage it for water to be absorbed. Repeat until it begins to slime. Marinate for 30minutes or more.
  4. After done marinating, whisk eggs in a separate tray/bowl and sift tapioca flour and potato flour in another flat tray.
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  1. Dip marinated chicken breast into eggs and then dry coat with sifted flour.
  2. Preheat frying oil to high heat, gently place coated chicken breast into hot oil.
  3. Deep fry for 6–8 minutes while occasionally moving it and turning it over.
  4. Once done frying, remove from oil, strain and season. DONE!
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If you would rather watch a video on how to make this, here’s a YouTube video we found:

Let us know in the comments if you succeeded in making this “Shihlin” XXL Fried Chicken.

Photos and some text from RedChili21 MY Facebook page.


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