Soy, Lemon and Ginger Chicken Cracklings Recipe

Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: 1-3 days | Active Time: | Makes: cubed serves 6; whole serves 2

I love brightly flavored foods. This chicken is moist, succulent, tangy w/ citrus, and crunchy. The recipe’s origin is Dominican but I added the ginger and whole wheat flour, which really improve the original version.

  • 2 lb. trimmed chicken breast or thigh, skinned, boned and cut into 1" cubes ( or 1 lb. breast or thigh,left whole including skin and bones)
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 c. tamari or Kikkoman soy sauce (not La Choy)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 T. thinly sliced or rough chopped unpeeled ginger
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour (can substitute white)
  • 1/2 tsp.sweet paprika or dulce pimenton (La Vera is best brand)
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. vegetable or peanut oil
  1. Cube chicken (or, if using whole pieces, poke all over with a skewer or boning knife)
  2. Mix lemon juice through ginger, stir to dissolve salt, and pour over chicken.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 1-3 days, turning once a day.
  4. Remove from refrigerator; drain in collander.
  5. Combine flour through pepper in plastic container w/ lid.
  6. Shake well to mix.
  7. To the flour mixture add 1/4 of the chicken cubes or 1 whole piece of chicken.
  8. Shake well to coat, and set aside.
  9. In 370 degree oil, fry chicken cubes and dried sliced ginger a few minutes ’til firm to touch.
  10. For whole pieces, fry with ginger for about 10 minutes, turning a few times, then transfer to 350 degree oven til cooked through and juices run clear when a skewer or small knife tip is inserted into the middle of the piece.
  11. Drain chicken on newspaper or paper towels.
  12. Repeat with remaining chicken.

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