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Garlic Flavored Chicken

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  • 1 lb (450g) chicken, cut into 1" x 2" x 1/4" (2.5 cm x 5cm x 0.75 cm)
  • Pieces
  • 3 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tb (15 ml) wine
  • 1 tb (15 ml) soy sauce
  • 2 ts (10 ml) garlic salt
  • 1/4 ts (1 ml) sugar
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tb (45 ml) flour
  • ds Of five-spice powder (optional)
  • 4 c (1 L) oil


I looked all through my Chinese books and the only one with a recipe for Garlic Chicken was one by Martin Yan. I've never made this recipe although I did have Garlic Chicken once in a restaurant and it was excellent. Here's the recipe in Martin's own inimitable words... It was once said in New York, "The only thing 50 cents will get you these days is a seat on the subway." Garlic will get you a seat in no time! Here's a power-packed dish that will remind you of your Italian mother's cooking.
1. Combine Chicken with garlic, wine, soy sauce, garlic salt and sugar; marinate for 2 hours. 2. Add beaten eggs and flour to chicken and mix well. 3. Heat oil in wok near smoke point. Reduce heat to medium. Deep- fry chicken for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender.
NOTE: It doesn't say in the book, but the Garlic Chicken I had was bone-in.
From "The Yan Can Cook Book", Martin Yan, 1981. Doubleday & Company, New York.
Posted by Stephen Ceideburg December 18 1990.