Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

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  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 egg white see note
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • High heat oil for deep frying

Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

  • 4 salted egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 Thai bird’s eye chili deseeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 10-15 curry leaves or Thai basil


  • Separate the salted egg yolks from the whites. Steam the yolks over high heat for 10 minutes until cooked through, then crumble with a fork until very fine. Set aside.
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  • Marinate the chicken: whisk together the egg white with 1 tablespoon cornstarch until light and frothy. Add the chicken, soy sauce, and shaoxing wine and let marinate for 15 minutes.
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  • Place a rack over a rimmed baking sheet lined with paper towels. Heat 2 inches of oil in a high-sided, heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat until oil reaches 350°F.
  • Scoop the chicken out of the marinade and toss in the remaining cornstarch. Use a pair of tongs to gently add the chicken to the hot oil in batches, being careful not to crowd the pan. Cook until golden brown, crispy, and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes, flipping as needed. Drain the chicken on your prepared rack and keep warm in the oven.
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  • When all the chicken is cooked and keeping warm in the oven, make the sauce: In a frying pan, melt the butter over very low heat. Add the mashed salted egg yolks to the butter and cook until it starts to foam up.
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  • Stir in the chili, sugar, and basil/curry leaves. Add the chicken and toss to coat evenly and enjoy immediately!
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The egg white for the chicken batter is just a regular egg white, not salted.
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