Chinese Style Fried Chicken

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Is Chinese Style Fried Chicken a well kept secret?  What’s in a secret that has to be hidden? I believe that there is no knowledge under the sun that’s secretive. Someone knows about it, and so it’s not really a secret it’s just uncommon knowledge that’s hidden by a select few. Some do it for business purposes, like our famous bitters…or like the most famous fried chicken restaurant. Others just find the information too sensitive for the masses….or too dangerous for the uninformed masses to use against them lol!!.

Chinese Style Fried Chicken Secret Revealed

But as I said before there is no secret……For years I thought that I would never ever be able to cook like some of those cooks in the fancy Chinese restaurants, but that is slowly changing. As I hone my skills and immerse myself in my culture, or should I say we culture, I’m learning more and more and discovering a bit as I go along this journey.

Chinese restaurants are all over the place in Trinidad and Tobago. And every Chinese restaurant would sell their variation of a “No. 1” (a code for, rice, chow mein and fried chicken).  It was a favourite of mine, since it was cheap and very filling. The fried chicken was what enticed me the most. The chicken was well done, fried right down to the bone, and some how the seasonings permeated through the whole chicken. I was always in awe. How was it done?

Well, lately I found out and surprisingly was able to replicate the Chinese style fried chicken, but with less saltiness; since I used a Chinese seasoning without MSG. I got the thumbs up from my family, so I think I got it right.

So there’s no mystery or secret behind Chinese style fried chicken. It is simple to make and very tasty….and of course you won’t have to order a “No. 1” with chicken again, since you have all the recipes to make it at home (hahaha!!) …

Here’s Chinese Style Fried Chicken.

Chinese Style Fried Chicken Recipe


chinese style fried chicken

1 chicken (about 2 1/2 lb)
oil for deep frying ( about 900 ml )
1 tbsp Chinese seasoning powder (I used the Sincere Brand)
1/2 tbsp five spice powder

For Sauce
3 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 tbsp. ketchup
4 tbsp. water
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. minced ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tbsp. olive oil

2 sprigs chive, chopped finely (for garnish)


Clean chicken removing excess fat, wash with lime and cut into quarters.



Season with 1 tbsp of Chinese Seasoning.
Rub the season all over the chicken and leave to marinate for about 20 minutes

Note: I know some of you may be saying but that is all it take 1 tbsp of the seasoning.
As you would notice I used a Chinese Seasoning without MSG. Thinking about my readers lol!!

Heat the oil
While the oil is heating up, sprinkle 1/2 tbsp of 5 spice powder and rub it in.


The oil looks good now


Fry until golden and well cooked. Drain.

Note: I cooked my chicken over a low fire for about 25 minutes and it was cooked right down to the bone.

Now it’s time to make the sauce


Mix the water, oyster sauce, ketchup and cornstarch.


Note: Ok! so here’s where we can do a bit of variation on the sauce. Instead of the oyster sauce you can use garlic sauce, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, black bean sauce or any other sauce of  your choice. There’s a world of variations out there.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in the wok


Saute the ginger and garlic for 1 minute.


Then add the mixture and let cook for about 2 minutes over a low fire.


Chop the chicken into desired  pieces arrange on a bed of lettuce then
place chicken. Pour some of the sauce over chicken and garnish with chopped chive.

So we have Rice, Chow Mein and Chicken (this recipe) and if you want, you can make a side order of Shrimp Wontons.  A little more again someone will surely say you went byFei Wong in Long Circular or Fai’s in Tunapuna lol!!

More recipes to come.

Ah gone!

If you liked my Chinese style fried chicken, please leave your comments.


  1. says

    Oh gosh how I love, love, love all Chinese food and the fried chicken! My brother, why do you torture me so?! Ok, this is definitely on the menu for this weekend and I am making Fried Rice to go along with it.

  2. says

    Felix, I don’t ever do deep frying but I want to make this for my Trini friend for her birthday( she has told me more times than I could count how much she likes Chinese style fried chicken). So, what is the best kind of oil to use? Thank you! Jenny

    • says

      What kind of wings are you interested in learning? At this time as I mentioned on facebok I’m busy with coding pages for printables. And, that is a mammoth task since it is over 300 recipes so far on the site. If you tell me I’ll add the recipe on my list of recipes to do. btw I’m on the lookout for chennette to try that roast chennette seed :-)

  3. L'shanda says

    I tried this along with ur Chinese noodles recipe and it was great… Thanks for this.. My family enjoyed it.. I took a pic of the plate of food afterwards, I should probably post it on ur fb page.. Lol.. I also took a pic of when I made buss up shut and curry chicken and potatoes from ur recipe.. I’ll post both pics at some time.. Keep doing what you do.. U are teaching me a lot and making me enjoy trying new things.. When before in my household we were eating the same thing all the time.. Lol

    • says

      Hi L’Shanda,

      I like when I get long comments such as yours because I love to read them. They give me the impetus to continue doing my work. As for the pictures I have a bigger plan for them, just hold on to them and I’ll get back to you. Thanks again for your comment.:-)

  4. Nadia says


    First of all, keep up the GREAT job that you are doing! I tried making Chinese Style Fried Chicken before, but it was always a bit salty. I tried your recipe and I have only two words. Simple! Delicious! I look forward to more of your recipes, especially Char Siu Pork ;). Again, keep up the good job!

  5. Sophia QueenHart Archer says

    Hi Felix,

    Nice job with the chicken. I do want to mention though that I’ve worked in Chinese restaurants before and they don’t usually fry the chicken, they rub in the seasoning, just like you did, and roast it. They only fry it when the customer requests it. If you roast it instead of fry it, you’ll get the same results but without the excess oil, and it tastes just as good.

  6. mimi says

    i made this today along with stir fry veg and fry rice! my brother and i gobbled it down! so good! thanks STC!

  7. Michelle says

    If we do roast it oppose to fry it, what is the required time and temperature for this same recipe?

  8. Thor says

    Ano pong difference ng Chinese seasoning sa 5 spice? Di ko kasi makita sa stores ang Chinese seasoning. Salamat. :D.

    • says

      I don’t understand tagalog so I had to rely on a translator. I believe you want to know the difference between chinese seasoning and 5 spice powder? In the case of the 5 spice powder it’s only the five spices that are ground and mixed together. The complete chinese seasoning has either salt or MSG added to it I think. hope this helps. 😀

  9. Kendy says

    Hi, I enjoy your posts a lot. I’d like to know where I can find the Sincere brand of seasoning. I’ve looked at a few supermarkets and I haven’t seen that brand. The no msg is a big must at my house. Thanks. Keep up the good work!

    • says

      I usually buy mine either at xtra foods or a Chinese store obliquely opposite Farros Pharmacy at Long Circular Mall. thanks for commenting.

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