Fried Chicken Ala Max's
- 1 chicken whole or 4 leg quarters
- salt and pepper
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 stalks of lemongrass
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 stalks of celery
- cilantro leaves
Pound the lemongrass. Make sure to get the juices out. Rub it on to the chicken. Mince the garlic and mix it together with salt and pepper. Rub it to the chicken. Slip more of the mix under the skin. You need some TLC while rubbing it under the skin, you don't want the skin to tear.
Throw in some bay leaves, peppercorns, cilantro leaves and celery (or any herbs and spices to add more flavor) in a steamer. Steam the chicken for 30 minutes. Hang it to dry or for faster results pat try with paper towels. Proceed to the next step or you can put it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Make sure to bring the chicken out an hour before cooking.
Now here’s where you decide what to do next:
a: Submerge the chicken in a pot full of oil and deep fry it on high heat.
b: Bake it at 375F in an oven, or in my case, the turbo broiler, until very crispy. When you hear the skin crackling, voila, it’s done!
Either you bake it or fry it, you will enjoy a tasty, crispy fried chicken ala Max's. As I've said before have some banana ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. And if you would want to have some heat, add some hot sauce. Go ahead, mix that sauce just the way you like it and enjoy this crispy fried chicken.
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