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Thai Pandan Chicken

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Planning a party? For something delicious, sure to impress guests but simple to make, try these gorgeous bite-sized pieces of chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. These long, blade-like leaves lend a delicate fragrance to a dish… and deliver the wow-factor, too!

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THAI PANDAN CHICKEN

PREP TIME

10 minutes

COOK TIME

20 minutes

SERVES

4 as an appetiser

Ingredients

500g (1 lb) chicken thigh or breast fillets, cut into 20 bite-sized pieces

20 pandan leaves*

20 toothpicks

vegetable oil for deep frying

 

Marinade:

6 garlic cloves

1 tsp whole white peppercorns

3 tbsp oyster sauce

½ tsp white sugar

 

Dipping sauce:

3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp sweet dark soy sauce

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup water

Steps

To make the marinade, use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic and peppercorns to a rough paste. Mix the paste with the oyster sauce and sugar. Add the marinade to the chicken and mix until well combined. Wrap each piece of chicken with a pandan leaf. Secure with a toothpick. Chicken can be marinated and wrapped up to a day in advance.

To make the dipping sauce, combine the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 4-5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Pour into a small serving bowl (sauce will thicken more as it cools).

Fill a saucepan or wok to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. The oil is hot enough at 165°C/325°F or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles.

Fry the chicken pieces in batches in the hot oil for 4-5 minutes or until dark golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel and serve with the dipping sauce.

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Notes:

– Pick up fresh pandan leaves from your Asian supermarket

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