Taiwanese Salty & Crispy Fried Chicken (Yan Su Ji 盐酥鸡)

This is one of my favorite street snacks during my time in Beijing. It was sold close to the apartment I my husband (then boyfriend) and I used to live and it was my privilege to be able to just go down and “visit” the small kiosk that sells this amazing Taiwanese Fried Chicken. Now, I am making my own version of Taiwanese Fried Chicken, it’s very easy but it did make a little mess during cooking. Well, deep frying is also so delicious, but the post-cooking is sometimes the real work… 🙂 in any case, it is definitely worth the mess because its so delicious and I made in a bigger portion. So, feel free to adjust if you only want to make smaller portion. Enjoy cooking! 🙂

Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 4- 6


700 G              Chicken breast, slice thin into about 1-2 cm length

2 tsp                Ginger, minced

2 tsp                Garlic, minced

3 tbsp              Soy sauce

½ tsp               Salt

1 tsp                Five spices powder

2 tsp                Sugar

3 pcs                Egg

1 ½ cup            Corn starch

2 handful         Fresh basil

Sprinkle mix

2 tsp                Sichuan pepper corn

2 tsp                White pepper

2 tsp                Salt


  • Marinate sliced chicken with minced ginger, minced garlic, soy sauce, five spice powder, salt, sugar, and eggs for 10 minutes.
  • While marinating, prepare the sprinkle mix. Roast the Sichuan peppercorn for a few minutes on medium until it looks slightly brown.
  • Use Mortar & Prestel or Blender to grind the pepper. Mix together with grinded white pepper and salt.
  • Pre-heat enough vegetable oil on medium-high.
  • Coat the chicken with corn starch, and fry them on the hot oil for about 4-5 minutes until it looks golden brown.
  • Once its ready, take them out and place them on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.
  • To fry the basil leaves, turn down the heat to low. This is to prevent the oil splashing heavily.
  • Fry the basil leaves for a minute or two, take them out and place it on kitchen paper.
  • Sprinkle the fried chicken with pepper mix. Enjoy!


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