Crispy Fried Chicken

This recipe is taken from an old recipe book titled Mrs. Lee’s Cookbook.  It’s a gift from a friend who bought this from a garage sales long time ago.  I made this only once in a blue moon just because Ben and the kids love fried chicken.  I do not like the oily smell that lingers in my apartment after deep frying.


On top of that, I think dumping the oil into the garbage is not very environmentally friendly.  I usually store away the cooled oil in a glass container and dispose it in the normal garbage bin.  Is there a better way to dispose off used oil?  I know that restaurants have special disposable bins for grease.


  • 1 chicken (about 2 1/2 lbs), cut into pieces & marinated & kneaded with the following:
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese wine or sherry
  • 6 tablespoons water

Sweet potato flour for coating before frying.  You may use cornflour but I find that sweet potato flour gives a more crispy texture.  Click on more for the instructions.



  • Toss the chicken in sweet potato flour.
  • Heat a deep frying pan, add enough oil to deep fry the chicken.
  • When the oil is smoking hot, turn off the stove, and add the chicken.  Immediately turn the stove on again to a high heat, stir the chicken to prevent them from sticking.
  • Fry chicken until it is golden brown.

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  1. The Trinigourmet

    Mmmm looks really good 🙂 I’ve always wanted to attempt fried chicken at home but don’t have a deep fryer 🙁

  2. The Fiery Source

    Thats different and smells good all the way over here in Florida, lol…thanks…going to give this a shot in a few days for sure. My fry daddy is just right for the task at hand.

  3. lululu

    your drumsticks remind me of Phnom Penh’s butter chicken wings! yummmy!

  4. Maggie

    My mom actually reuses the oil in her cooking again. That’s just a suggestion. They drain the oil and dispose of all the yucky stuff on the bottom but they keep the clean oil.

  5. Biki

    I usually use my oil twice then after the second use, I like to use it immediately to make chili oil. So it gets all eaten up ^^

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