• Fried Chicken Sandwich


My Favorite Chicken Sandwich of the Moment

By Andrew Zimmern

I make several versions that everyone in the family loves, and I think this one is my current favorite. A quick marinade, the sweetness from the par-cooked garlic/ginger, the killer jammy mustard sauce. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.


Fried Chicken Sandwich


  • 1  1/2 quarts oil for frying
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic (I use a Microplane)
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • Several fresh minced hot chiles
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese or Japanese rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons naturally brewed soy sauce. (Get a good one, like Yamasa, which you can often find in grocery stores, or anything from The Japanese Pantry)
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg plus one egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch mixed well with 1/4 cup flour (make a little extra of this mix)
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs, ideally skin-on

Garnishes and more

  • Sliced tomato
  • Shredded Napa cabbage
  • Lemon juice
  • Apricot jam mixed with equal parts Chinese or Japanese hot mustard (or to taste)
  • Brioche buns


Heat oil in a high-sided pot to 375 degrees F.

Place minced garlic, ginger, chiles, salt and pepper in a large stainless steel mixing bowl.

Pour ¼ cup of hot oil over the mixture. Add it, along with the scallions, rice wine, soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and eggs, to a large bowl.

Slowly add starch/flour blend and stir. Add the chicken and mix. If you need to add more of the starch/flour blend, do so. When a nice thick batter consistency is achieved, and it is coating the chicken, lower the pieces carefully into the oil.

Fry for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

Toss Napa cabbage in a little lemon juice. Make the jam-mustard mix. Toast and butter the buns.

Place chicken on a rack to drain briefly and season with sea salt.

Place chicken on the buns with tomato, cabbage and a nice spoonful or two of the jam/mustard mix. Serve immediately.

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