Wherever I go in the world, I always look forward to tucking into a sumptuous piece of chicken that has been cooked in the local style. It was in Indonesia at first where I noticed so many unique cooking methods that involved chicken, and from then on I have taken a great interest in chicken dishes everywhere else! So I wanted to share with you 15 of my very favourite poultry dishes, ranging from simple chicken noodles to an extremely spicy chicken dish from South Korea – that even some Koreans don’t like!
Orange Chicken (Recipe) is a very citrusy variant of the chicken dish and it originates from Hunan, China.
Poulet (Recipe) is the term given to all French rotisserie chicken. When in France, it is not uncommon to see this chicken being roasted on a rotating skewer.
Chicken Tikka Masala (Recipe) needs no introduction! Of Indian origin, this classic dish has roasted chunks of chicken covered in a creamy and often spicy sauce.
Yang Yeum (Recipe) is the name for the famous Korean Fried Chicken that is synonymous with Korean life. It seems everybody enjoys their fair share of this tasty fried snack!
Kai Yang (Recipe) is the quintessential Thai street food delicacy. It is grilled on the streets in front of your eyes as you order and can be covered with hot sri racha sauce or other condiments.
Mie Ayam (Recipe) is one of many great Indonesian chicken dishes, and it is a simple bowl of noodles with chicken slices thrown in, topped with a vegetable like mushrooms. Wherever you are in Indonesia, you can guarantee some amazing Mie Ayam on the street corner!
Beggar’s Chicken (Recipe) originates from Jiangsu Province in China. This delicious chicken has been stuffed and wrapped in clay (or lotus leaves) and roasted for up to 6 hours. The name “Beggar’s Chicken” comes from the Chinese folktale of a thief who stole a chicken from a farmer and then buried it in the sticky mud to hide it, before going back to dig it up and cook it. The Chinese Emperor, who conveniently happened to be passing by at the time, stopped to dine with the beggar, and loved the chicken so much that he added it to the Imperial menu!
Inasal (Recipe) is a traditional Filipino chicken dish, where the chicken is marinated in lime and vinegar before being grilled over hot coals.
Chicken Nuggets (Recipe) are pretty common everywhere, but nowhere more than in the USA can you find the tastiest bite-sized chicken covered in breadcrumbs!
Buldak (Recipe) is a dish made from heavily spiced chicken. In fact, Buldak is famous for its fiery taste, and even many Koreans dislike it because of this. Tourists, however, need to try it at least once!
Hainanese Chicken Rice (Recipe) originates from the island of Hainan, but is now well known as a popular Singaporean dish, with many hawker stalls serving it as their speciality.
Karaage Chicken (Recipe) is a Japanese delicacy where the chicken has been deep-fried in oil and then coating it with potato starch mix, in a technique not too dissimilar to tempura. Karaage is unsurprisingly a popular street food in Japan.
Pollo a la Brassa (Recipe) is a common dish of Peruvian cuisine. Traditionally, this dish is cooked in charcoal and marinated with salt.
Jerk Chicken (Recipe) is a famous food from Jamaica, where the poultry is dry rubbed with a hot spice known as Jamaican Jerk Spice, and then cooked over pit fires for its famous flame-grilled texture.
Tandoori (Recipe) is a very famous method of cooking chicken that is native to northern India and neighbouring Pakistan. Tender chicken pieces are put on skewers and dipped into a hot fire oven known as a tandoor. The resulting Tandoori Chicken can be coated in yogurt for an added taste!