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Filipino Fried Chicken - Pinch of Yum

Filipino Fried Chicken


This simple and delicious recipe for Filipino fried chicken comes from the orphanage that I worked at for one year in Cebu, Philippines.



  • 2 lb. chicken drumsticks
  • 12 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 12 teaspoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon seasoning mix (Magic Sarap)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 12 cups oil for frying


  1. Place the raw chicken in a large bowl. Add the garlic, onion, oyster sauce, black pepper, salt, seasoning mix, egg, and cornstarch. Stir until the chicken is evenly coated.
  2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is hot, place the chicken, one piece at a time, in the oil. The oil should cover the chicken pieces almost completely and it will bubble gently as the chicken cooks. Continue to fry the chicken until the skin is golden brown and crispy. The exact amount of time you’ll need depends on the temperature of the oil, but the aunties left their chicken in for about 15-20 minutes (a long time!) with the oil over lower heat. Remove from the oil and set on paper towels to drain excess oil. Repeat in small batches until all the chicken is fried.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Filipino

Keywords: filipino fried chicken, fried chicken, chicken drumsticks