Juicy & Delicious! Chinese Deep-Fried Chicken (Youlinji)

Juicy & Delicious! Chinese Deep-Fried Chicken (Youlinji)

Juicy chicken thighs with a light, sweet sauce and plenty of green onions.

Ingredients: about 4 servings

Chicken thighs
2 (600 g)
1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon
a small amount
5 tablespoons
Frying oil
as needed
Green onions (chopped)
to taste
Youlinji Sauce
Soy sauce
1.5 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
1/2 tablespoon
1/2 tablespoon
1 1/2 tablespoons


1. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces and add to a bowl. Massage in the sake, sugar, salt, and pepper.
2. Add the youlinji sauce ingredients to a heat-resistant bowl. Microwave at 600 W for 1 minute, and then stir.
3. Mix the katakuriko with the chicken from Step 1, and let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Then deep-fry in hot oil.
4. Place the fried chicken thighs on a serving dish. Top with the sauce from Step 2 and the green onions.
5. Store in the Freezer! Chicken Thigh Youlinji Recipe ID: 2475778.
6. Soft Chicken Breast Youlinji Recipe ID: 2071626.
7. Juicy & Delicious! Chicken Thigh Karaage Recipe ID: 2211260.

Story Behind this Recipe

Just one bite of the chicken youlinji at a Chinese buffet was all it took to make an impression on me. I wanted to recreate that flavor at home, so I tried making this.
It was a flavor similar to the chicken breast youlinji I always make at home, so I just made a variation of that.