Aromatic Thai Pandan Chicken
Recipe Type: Main Course, as part of shared meal
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 20 pieces
This is a must-try recipe. Who would have guessed that these little chicken parcels could be bursting with so much taste and aroma? Don't say I didn't warn you because once bitten, you won't want to share with anyone.
  • 500g chicken thigh fillets, boneless and skinless, cut into 5x3cm pieces
  • 20-25 pcs pandan leaves, washed and wiped dry
  • 20-25 pcs bamboo skewers or toothpicks (optional)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sweet Chilli sauce, to serve
Chicken marinade
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, white part only, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • pinch of salt and ground white pepper
  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add the chicken pieces and gently rub the marinade into the chicken until they are well coated. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, if using the bamboo skewers, soak them in water for about 1 hour. This will prevent the skewers from burning during deep fry.
  3. Remove chicken from the fridge 15mins before cooking. Trim the lower part of the pandan leaves (the white and hard parts of the leaf) and set aside.
  4. To wrap the chicken, follow these step-by-step instructions: 1)Fold one end of the leaf back to form a small cone cup, 2)Then with a chopstick, put about 1-2 pcs of chicken into the cone cup, 3)Bring the longer part of the leaf down to the front and back so that it wraps the chicken securely in the cone cup, 4)Take the same part of the leaf and slowly insert into the wrap from the bottom and out through the top, 5)Gently pull the leaf through and cut the excess part, leaving about 2 inches length. To make it more secure, insert the skewer through the centre. Repeat the process until all the chicken has been used.
  5. Heat enough vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the pandan chicken in batches and don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook for 4-5 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  6. Serve hot with sweet chilli sauce.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at