250 g cut chicken (cut into thick cubes)
1 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup condensed milk
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 chili padi (bird's eye chili)
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp corn flour
1/4 cup rice flour
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp vinegar
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
When thinking of comfort food that is sure to please the masses, fried chicken comes to mind. Made with the most popular protein sources, the simple fried chicken can be elevated to have different flavors with the addition of other components such as vegetables, spices, and sauces. Our buttermilk chicken recipe takes the basic fried chicken and turns things up a notch with a flavorful buttermilk sauce. Not all fried chicken is created equal, and there is a reason this is one of the Asian Food Network’s most popular recipes.
Cooked within 30 minutes, the simplicity of the dish will knock your taste buds off. The tantalizing aroma of Asian fragrances from ingredients such as curry leaves, paired with perfectly fried golden-brown chicken drenched in a buttery sauce, will change your perspective of fried chicken.
This simple and creamy buttermilk chicken recipe is a crowd-pleaser. In 5 steps, you will be able to cook up a dish that packs a punch with its different flavor profiles. You will never look at fried chicken the same way again.
Instead of frying the chicken, you can choose to bake, roast, or broil the chicken pieces. If baking or roasting, ensure that the chicken pieces are browned and scorched at parts. This will give the dish a nice color, and the scorched parts will give the chicken a nice bite.
The buttermilk sauce is extremely versatile and can be poured over almost everything. Seafood is a popular substitute. Fish and prawns are great alternatives that will complement the buttermilk sauce. Cook them the same way you would the chicken and drench them in the sauce right after.
Be sure to store the buttermilk sauce and the chicken separately. Fried chicken tends to lose its crispiness when stored in a refrigerator. Therefore, you can either choose to re-fry the chicken the next day or store the marinated chicken as is and fry only when ready to serve. The sauce can be reheated in a pan over medium-high heat – add water to it if it has gotten thick.
1. Marinate the meat overnight: To add more flavor to the chicken, you can marinate the chicken one day in advance. This will save time and allow the chicken to soak up the seasoning, infusing every piece of meat with flavor. Marinating the meat overnight also tenderizes the chicken, so every piece will taste juicy and delicious.
2. Double the gravy: Take comfort food to another level. Make an extra batch of gravy so that it can be served over side dishes such as mashed potatoes.
3. Tweak the dish to your taste and preference: The beauty of such a simple dish lies in its adaptability. Want the dish to be spicier? Add in more chili padi. Prefer the buttermilk sauce to be thicker? Add in more cornstarch and cook down the sauce until it is more viscous.
| To save time and add flavor, you can marinate the chicken one day in advance
| You can adjust the spiciness level of this dish by adding or removing the amount of chili padi, or just chop chili padi into smaller pieces
Transfer the buttermilk chicken onto a serving plate and serve it while it is piping hot.