IT’S the Chinese Year of the Horse, and what better way to celebrate than to fire up your wok? This dish combines succulent dark meat with an extremely tasty marinade. Double-frying the thighs quickly, at high heat, assures the meat is crispy on the outside but still moist on the inside.
Serve with steamed rice and scallion pancakes. Don’t forget the fortune cookies.
This recipe is from Complete Chinese Cookbook
by Ken Hom (Firefly, 2011). – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
Place chicken thighs between two pieces plastic wrap and lightly pound them until they are evenly flat. Put them into a bowl and set aside.
Make marinade. Combine rice wine, soya sauces, green onions and ginger in a blender and puree. Strain the puree over the chicken. Add the rest of the marinade ingredients, season with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper and mix well. Let chicken marinate for 45 minutes.
Remove chicken from bowl and reserve marinade. Heat wok or large skillet over high heat until it is hot. Add the oil, and when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add chicken and fry for 5 minutes. Remove chicken and drain, then reheat the oil in the wok until it is very hot. Fry chicken again until it is crispy and golden brown. Remove chicken from wok and drain well on paper towels. Drain off all the oil and discard. Cut chicken into slices and arrange on a platter.
Reheat wok over medium heat and add reserved marinade, sesame oil, green onions and sugar. Bring this mixture to a boil and pour over chicken. Serve at once.