From Asia to the Pacific, on both sides of the Atlantic, and most every other place in the world, chicken is a universal favorite that is well-loved by all.
Different cultures have different ways of preparing chicken, but the results are almost always tasty and memorable.
If you are looking for some ideas on how to prepare your next chicken entrée, this selection of famous chicken dishes from around the world should be a good source of inspiration.
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There are certainly many more chicken dishes all over the world than what we present here. Some of the best-loved classics have pretty lengthy ingredients lists and somewhat complex process that would be beyond the capabilities of most novice cooks.
So instead of packing in as many exotic recipes as we could, we thought it would be more helpful to showcase a few relatively simple dishes from a few different geographical areas.
The good thing about most of these recipes is that, like cooking rice, they can be prepared quite easily by anyone, regardless of cooking experience–or lack, thereof.
Even if the closest you have gotten to prepping a chicken is pouring a tub of gravy over a KFC drumstick, you could easily put together most of these dishes.
So if you are ready to get started on your exploration of the wide world of chicken, check out these easy-to-prepare recipes!
Famous Chicken Dishes from Around the World
Marmite is typically associated with the English, but it is actually an important part of Singaporean cuisine. In fact, one of the most characteristic Singaporean dishes is this zesty chicken recipe, which is commonly sold in Zi Char stalls all over the city. An easy-to-prepare dish that will nevertheless impress even the most jaded guests at your dinner table, this can be cooked in a single pan for quick and easy cleanups.
- 600 grams cubed chicken (recommended: thigh)
- 60 grams rice flour
- 1 egg
- 20 grams Knorr Hao Chi All-In-One Seasoning
- 30 grams Marmite
- 1 cup Knorr Rock Sugar Honey Sauce
- 20 grams butterhead lettuce
- 10 grams sliced spring onion
Mix the egg and the Knorr Hao Chi All-In-One Seasoning in a bowl. Add the chicken to marinate. Coat the chicken in rice flour and fry until it is golden brown. Set it aside while you prepare the sauce.
Mix the marmite and the Knorr Rock Sugar Honey Sauce in a bowl. Boil the mixture in a saucepan and add the fried chicken. Turn the heat down and toss the chicken in the sauce, making sure all the pieces are coated evenly. Serve with butter head lettuce and spring onion.
Honey-Glazed Chicken Wings
Chicken is a common fixture in Asian cuisine, and there are countless ways to prepare it, from the sweet and tangy to the spicy and savory. This particular dish somehow manages to cover a few different bases, with the honey glaze providing a tantalizingly sweet coating to the spiciness underneath.
Like all good Asian dishes, this is both crunchy and decadent. It goes well with most any table fare, although you could simply enjoy it on its own if you wish.
- 500 grams chicken wings
Asian Honey Glaze
- 10 ml corn oil
- 10 grams chopped garlic
- 25 grams Worcestershire sauce
- 150 grams Knorr Rock Sugar Honey Sauce
- Shredded coriander leaves
- Sliced chilli padi
- 1 egg
- 10 grams Knorr Hao Chi All-In-One Seasoning
- 30 grams rice flour
Sauté the garlic in corn oil. Add the chili padi, Worcestershire sauce, and Rock Sugar Honey Sauce. Continue simmering the mixture, and add in the coriander leaves.
Marinate the chicken in an egg and Hao Chi Seasoning mixture. Place in a chiller for at least two hours.
Coat the chicken in rice flour and fry in a deep fryer until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and toss in Asian honey glaze before serving.
Indonesian Baked Chicken
The rich and delightful flavors of Indonesia come to the fore in this tender baked chicken dish, which is sure to be a favorite with your friends and family.
Proper baking is the key to the excellence of this recipe, locking in all the juices and flavors in the tantalizingly tender meat. Even if you have never attempted baking chicken before, you can’t go wrong if you simply follow this easy recipe.
- 1 whole chicken (about 1.2 kilograms)
- 100 ml corn oil
- 50 ml water
- 25 grams curry powder
- 100 grams sweet soy sauce
- 150 grams Knorr South East Asian Spice Paste
- 5 grams Knorr Chicken Seasoning Powder
- 250 grams pickled vegetables
- 200 grams prawn crackers
To make the marinade, mix the soy sauce, water, Spice Paste, Chicken Seasoning Powder, curry powder, and corn oil in a bowl. Toss the chicken in the mixture until evenly coated. Chill overnight.
Bake the chicken in an oven for 30 minutes at 120° C. Remove the chicken and turn up the heat to 200° C. Place the chicken into the oven and roast until golden brown. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving with pickled vegetables and prawn crackers.
Asian Chicken Sandwich
When the subject of chicken recipes comes up, hardly anyone ever mentions the lowly chicken sandwich. But there are actually many exciting and imaginative ways to prepare this picnic basket mainstay, as this recipe proves.
We stick to the Asian region with this one, with a uniquely-inspired chicken sandwich that somehow manages to incorporate the distinctive heat of Jalapeno peppers. Few people would think to combine such an idiosyncratic Mexican ingredient with the flavors of Asia, but trust us: it works!
- 1 kilogram chicken breast
- 10 grams sugar
- 100 grams Knorr South East Asian Spice Paste
- 50 ml soybean oil
- 200 grams Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
- 20 grams Knorr Herb Paste Basilic
- 5 grams coriander
- 50 grams sliced Jalapeños
- 300 grams cucumber, sliced lengthwise
- 50 grams shredded daikon
- 50 grams shredded carrots
- 10 French baguettes
Marinate the chicken in Spice Paste, soybean oil, and sugar for at least two hours. Place the chicken on a grill and cook thoroughly.
Spread mayonnaise and basil herb paste on each baguette. Place the grilled chicken breast on one half of the baguette, along with the daikon, cucumber, carrots, jalapeno, and coriander.
Chinese Lemon Chicken
We simply had to include this one! Chinese Lemon Chicken is a perennial favorite on dinner tables, whether at home or in an authentic Chinese restaurant. There is a good reason for this, as the sweet and sour blend produced by the lemon zest and sugar mixture is pretty memorable.
If you have ever wanted to make your own lemon chicken at home, this recipe is all you need to whip up a batch like a seasoned chef.
- 1 pound cubed chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoons lemon zest
- ¼ cup flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- Cooking oil for frying
Mix the soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch in a bowl. Marinate the chicken in this mixture for at least 30 minutes.
Mix the lemon juice, sugar, water, 2 teaspoons of cornstarch, and lemon zest in another bowl.
Coat the chicken in the flour and the ½ cup of cornstarch, making sure each piece is evenly coated.
Fry the chicken in three inches of oil at about 350 ° F. Don’t put too many pieces in at once to prevent your chicken from turning out oily when cooked.
When the chicken is done, transfer it into a pan and toss in the lemon sauce at medium-high heat. Cook until the sauce has thickened, then serve.
Crispy Fried Chicken
We saved the best for last! No article on chicken dishes would be complete without a recipe for classic fried chicken!
We opted not to stick to any particular regional variant for this one, even though there are certainly many excellent ways to prepare fried chicken the world over. Instead, we present you with a sort of “standard” fried chicken “blueprint” that you could modify and/or adapt to suite your palate. Your kids are gonna love this one, and so will you!
- 2 broiler/fryer chickens (approximately 4 pounds each)
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 3 teaspoons pepper
- 2 ½ teaspoons chicken seasoning
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Oil for frying
In a resealable bag big enough to hold all the chicken, combine 2 ⅔ cups flour, with garlic salt, paprika, 2 ½ teaspoons pepper, and poultry seasoning.
Beat the eggs and water in a bowl and add the salt and the rest of the flour and pepper.
Coat the chicken in the egg mixture, and place it in the bag. Shake thoroughly to ensure that every piece is evenly coated.
Fry the chicken pieces in a deep-fat fryer at about 375° F. You’ll know they’re done when the exterior is golden brown and the juices are clear. Drain before serving.