A plate of fried chicken.

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Zero Waste Recipe: Super-Crispy Fried Chicken by Takahiko Kondo

This recipe from sous chef Takahiko Kondo of Osteria Francescana makes use of leftover egg whites and potato starch to create sensationally crispy fried chicken.

The recipe is taken from Why Waste? with chef Massimo Bottura, the exclusive Fine Dining Lovers series dedicated to making food waste delicious.

22 February, 2021
Average: 4 (5 votes)

serves for

4

ingredients

Egg whites
4
Chicken
400g, wings and thighs
All purpose flour
40g
Ginger
10g
Water
40ml
Garlic
10g
Soy sauce
10ml
Potato starch
Mirin
10ml
Sesame oil
10ml
Sunflower oil
Salt and pepper
To taste

Apart from meringue, what else can you do with leftover egg whites (from a carbonara, for example)? How about making the crispiest fried chicken? That's the promise of this recipe from chef Takahiko 'Taka' Kondo, which uses egg whites and potato starch to create a light batter that will provide a satisfying crunch with every bite. 

Step 01

Ginger being greated

Grate the ginger with the skin on using a Microplane.

Step 02

Ingredients being mixed in a bowl.

In a bowl, mix the chicken with the ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin and a whole garlic clove, ensuring the chicken is completely covered.

Leave the chicken to marinate in the fridge for three hours.

Step 03

A white paste being mixed in a bowl.

In a bowl, make a paste with the egg whites, flour and water.

Season with salt and pepper.

Step 04

A piece of meat being coated in a paste.

Once the chicken has finished marinating, coat it in the paste then toss in the potato starch.

Step 05

Chicken being fried in a pot of oil.

Warm some sunflower oil to 170°C.

Fry the chicken for three minutes or until fully cooked inside and golden. Let cool slightly, and then serve.

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