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Italian Fried Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Like the Japanese, the Italians also do a mean fried chicken. These little tasty morsels will have you wanting to make them time after time.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Gillian Thompson
  • 500 g / 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 8 tbsp plain flour
  • vegetable oil for frying plenty
  • 2 to 3 eggs beaten (start with 2 and see how you go)
  • salt & pepper
  • bunch of flat leaf parsley chopped
  • lemon wedges
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into 1" pieces and place into a bowl.
  2. Pour over the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt & pepper and mix everything in well.
  3. Marinade for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge.
  4. When ready to cook, drain the marinade from the chicken.
  5. Put the flour onto a plate on into a bowl and season with salt & pepper.
  6. Beat the egg in another bowl.
  7. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep-fat fryer (if you have one) or large saucepan to 180C/350F. If you don't have a thermometer you can test if the oil is ready by throwing in a cube of bread, if it browns in 30 seconds then the oil is ready.
  8. First roll the chicken in the seasoned flour followed by the beaten egg.
  9. Immediately gently drop into the hot oil, a few pieces at a time, and deep-fry for about 5 minutes, until golden and crisp.
  10. Turn occasionally with tongs then drain on kitchen roll.
  11. Place the chicken pieces in a warmed serving dish, sprinkle with parsley.
  12. Serve hot with wedges of lemon.