Deep-Fried Peking Chicken Recipe

Peking Chicken
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  • 6 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 6 hrs,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: Serves 3 to 4
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In this Peking chicken recipe, the chicken pieces are coated with seasonings and batter and deep-fried. This recipe uses soy sauce, dry sherry, onions, and garlic. To ensure that your chicken is well cooked, test your first deep-fried attempt by cutting it in half, confirming that it isn't raw in the middle.

Serves 4 to 8.

What You'll Need

  • One 3-pound chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash of white pepper
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 3 cups oil for deep-frying, or as needed
  • 1/2 cup flour, or as needed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

How to Make It

  1. Remove the skin from the chicken. Cut the chicken into 8 equal pieces. Rub the salt and white pepper over the chicken pieces.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, Chinese rice wine or sherry, 2 of the chopped green onions, minced ginger, and sugar. Set aside half of the marinade to use later.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in a large resealable bag. Pour in the unreserved marinade. Seal and place in the refrigerator. Marinate for 4 to 6 hours, turning occasionally to make sure all of the chicken is covered.
  1. Heat oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 F. While the oil is heating, drain the chicken pieces and discard the marinade used to marinate the chicken. Make sure the chicken pieces are quite dry.
  2. Dredge each of the chicken pieces in the flour.
  3. Deep-fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, in the hot oil until they are golden brown and crispy. Remove from the wok with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Remove all but 2 tablespoons oil from the wok. Add the minced garlic and the reserved green onion and stir-fry until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the reserved marinade. Bring to a boil. Add the deep-fried chicken. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 920
Total Fat 46 g
Saturated Fat 13 g
Unsaturated Fat 18 g
Cholesterol 285 mg
Sodium 1,687 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 96 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)