Spiced Chicken Wrapped in Pandan Leaves
Thai Pandan Leaf Chicken is a very popular dish and a favourite to many, especially in Asian countries. To put it simply, Pandan Leaf Chicken is actually fried chicken wrapped in pandan leaves. The star of this dish is of course the pandan leaves, also known as screw pine leaves.
Many Benefits of Fragrant Pandan Leaves
Known as bai toey hom in Thailand, daun pandan in Malaysia and takonoki in Japan, pandan leaves is one widely used ingredient in Asian cooking. Crowned as the Vanilla of Asia, pandan leaves have a beautiful green colour and signature sweet floral-like fragrance which is infused in the food it is cooked with. Pandan also has many health benefits. For instance, natural detoxification, lowering blood sugar levels and aiding nervous system.
A Thai Style Fried Chicken with Unique Combination of Aroma and Spice
To make this dish, first marinate the bite size chicken thigh or breast meat in fresh spices. Then, wrap the marinated chicken pieces in aromatic green pandan leaves. For a juicier texture, chicken thigh is recommended. When fried, the pandan leaves infuse the chicken meat with its naturally sweet taste and soft nutty aroma.
Aside from the beautifully wrapped appearance, the pandan leaves certainly heightens the taste of the succulent fried chicken wrapped in it. The combination of freshly grounded spices and fragrant pandan leaves makes a unique blend of aroma and spices, all in one.
Best served hot, this fried chicken dish can be eaten as an appetizer, or as a part of a main meal served with hot aromatic white rice. You can also prepare this dish ahead of time. Simply wrap them and place in the refrigerator, then deep fry to piping hot perfection before serving.
As usual, enjoy!