The ideal snack, appetizer or entree — this fried chicken bao recipe by Cheska Mae Perez (@nomswithmae) featuring Zhong Sauce will enliven all of your tastebuds. Soft, sweet, spicy, and crunchy. Yum.


Prep time: 1 hour 15 min

Cook time: 35 min

Serving size: 4 servings

  • 4 pieces of chicken thighs

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tbsp garlic salt

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp salt

  • 2 tbsp black pepper

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/3 volume of saucepan vegetable oil

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 3 tsp honey

  • 3 tsp Zhong Sauce

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp mirin

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 4 lotus leaf bao buns

  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced

  1. In a bowl, place buttermilk, garlic salt, and chicken thighs together. Marinade for at least one hour in the refrigerator.

  2. In another bowl, mix together flour, chili, salt, black pepper, and ½ of the minced garlic.

  3. Once chicken is done marinating, coat the chicken in the flour mixture. Remove excess flour.

  4. Fill a saucepan a ⅓ full with vegetable oil and heat over high heat.

  5. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

  6. Drain chicken on a paper towel.

  7. Make sauce coating by heating a saucepan on medium heat with honey, remaining half of garlic, Zhong Sauce, soy sauce, and mirin for 5-6 minutes. When combined well, turn off heat.

  8. Mix sauce with chicken. Coat both sides well.

  9. Prepare a steamer and, when hot, steam bao buns for 9 minutes. Remove from heat.

  10. Open bao bun in serving dish and insert coated chicken, red onions, and cilantro. Enjoy!


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