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BFC - Burmese Fried Chicken

by , featured in Mandalay: Recipes & Tales from a Burmese Kitchen
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing
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I associate Burmese fried chicken with road trips, as when we're travelling around Burma and make a pit stop in any village, it seems that women always come rushing to our rolled-down windows to sell us baskets of their freshly fried chicken (I call them The Chicken Ladies).

I'd say BFC is better than KFC and it definitely has far fewer ingredients. It's commonly eaten with a plate of hot rice that's been drizzled with some of the oil used for frying and sprinkled with a little salt. BFC is also great eaten cold...if you can manage to wait that long. Make it once and you're addicted for life.

Image of MiMi Aye's Burmese Fried Chicken
Photo by Cristian Barnett


Serves: 4

For the chicken

  • 750 grams small chicken thighs or drumsticks or wings, skin on
  • juice of ½ lime
  • groundnut oil or other neutral-tasting oil (for frying)

For the dry rub

  • 2 tablespoons self-raising flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon MSG or 1 tablespoon chicken or vegetable bouillon

For the chilli sauce (to serve)

  • 3 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • juice of 4 limes
  • 4 red finger chilli (sliced into rings)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (crushed)


BFC - Burmese Fried Chicken is a guest recipe by MiMi Aye so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe

For the chilli sauce

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small jug or bowl and set to one side for at least 5 minutes before serving.

For the BFC

  1. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and squeeze over the lime juice. Use clean hands to lightly massage the lime juice into the chicken, pour away any excess and set to one side.
  2. Thoroughly mix the dry rub ingredients in another large bowl and then coat the chicken pieces evenly with the mix. Leave to marinate for 2 hours.
  3. Heat a 8cm depth of oil in a wok or large frying pan to 175°C (or use a deep-fat fryer). Gently lower 2-3 chicken pieces, skin-side down, into the hot oil, being careful not to crowd the pan. The oil should sizzle and bubble gently around each piece of chicken. Fry for 6-8 minutes, or until crispy and golden on one side, flip and continue to fry until the other side is just as golden.
  4. Drain one piece of chicken and poke with a skewer to check that the juices run clear - if so, drain all the crispy chicken on kitchen paper. Continue to fry the remaining chicken pieces in batches.
  5. Eat immediately with chilli sauce.

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What 2 Others have said

  • Should I feel guilty that I ate the entire dish myself - even though it says this serves 4?

    Posted by raybacchus on 25th July 2021
  • This is so good, enjoyed making and eating it! From Holland with regards, Eva

    Posted by Evavv on 19th February 2021
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