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Taiwanese chicken steak- how to get the outstanding crunchy texture

The first time I tried this amazing Taiwanese chicken steak was at a night market called Shilin in Taipei, Taiwan. I was fascinated by the insane size of the steaks, which the local described by comparing to the dimension of the face. It is thin and large, look-alike schnitzel snack with a crumbly, crispy and crunchy coating.  The surface is dusted liberally with a mix of chili powder and pepper.

This delightful Taiwanese chicken steak has slowly entered into other countries. One successful chains store from Taiwan is Hot Star, with outlets across Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Canada, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand. The main cities of these countries are now in the grip of this Taiwanese chicken streak frenzy from the Hot Star fried chicken chain. We can also find it at street stores and night markets in Malaysia.  They serve this enormous size chicken steak among the array of other local sumptuous delights.

However, there is little information about how to prepare this finger-licking street food.  There is only some sporadic information about Taiwanese chicken steak written in the native language. Therefore, I have decided to take on this recipe and explain how to make it in English.

Taiwanese chicken steak

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Huge size chicken steaks

The size of the Taiwanese chicken steak is about 30cm long, which is even unable to achieve by butterflying just once. That is why I did it by butterflying twice to form a larger piece with a sharp knife and pound it with a meat mallet. The purpose is to create a thin piece of chicken which is the secret of success to replicate this recipe.

What the major difference of this oriental style chicken steak compares with the traditional schnitzel is the coating of the chicken. Sweet potato flour is used in this recipe to render the crunchiness. Other oriental foods such as the Japanese karaage include this type of flour for the crunchiness and crispness. If sweet potato flour is unavailable, the closest substitute you can reply on is cornflour.

Try this Taiwanese chicken steak recipe for your next culinary adventure in your kitchen. This recipe is the closest copy of the Hot Star fried chicken as the recipe is a trade secret.  However, I  guarantee that this will be a total crowd pleaser.

10 Tips to prepare a perfect Taiwanese chicken steak


  • Baking soda help to make the coating crunchy and crispy.
  • The purpose of adding some water to the marinade is to keep the thin slices of chicken moist. However, Do not use too much soy sauce and water in the marinade mixture.  The chicken will turn out to be gooey and not crispy it contains too much moisture.
  • Some recipe suggests marinating the chicken for a few hours.  It is not necessary as the chicken steak is thin can absorb the flavor in a very short time.
  • Getting sweet potato flour in some countries may be difficult. You can use cornstarch as a substitute when necessary.
  • Some people like to have a chicken with a more crunchy coating. To do this, set the chicken aside for half a minute and double coat it by putting into the bed of sweet potato flour for the second time.
  • Taiwanese use white pepper to prepare the chicken, but black pepper is an adequate substitute. However, it just won’t give you the taste of the authentic Taiwanese chicken steak that you get at the night market in Taiwan.
Taiwanese chicken steak

The deep-frying process

  • Deep fried the chicken immediately after dipping it into the mixture of rice and potato flour. If you set it aside for too long, the chicken will absorb the flour coating and it will no longer turn out crunchy and crispy.
  • Use a large wok or pan to deep fried the chicken steaks. You may face the situation where there is insufficient space to deep fried the chicken without curling it up to the edge of the wok.
  • Deep-fry the chicken at or above 180°C/350°F to make it crispy. The chicken should be sizzling and even popping.
  • The composition of the seasoning sprinkled on the surface of the chicken steaks can be modified according to your preference. You can start with the standard formula by mixing some fine salt, white pepper, and chili powder. You can add a small amount of five-spice powder or ground Szechuan peppercorn.
Yield: 2

Taiwanese chicken steak- Hot Star fried chicken recipe

Taiwanese chicken steak- Hot Star fried chicken recipe

This is the replica of the Hot Star fried chicken from Taiwan, which is one of the most famous Taiwanese street food.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Ingredient A

Ingredient B

Ingredient C- Seasoning mixture


  1. Remove the skin of the chicken breast.
  2. Butterfly the chicken breast twice with a sharp knife.
  3. Flatten the chicken breast with the back of the knife.
  4. Put the chicken into the mixture of ingredient A and mix well.
  5. Put the chicken to a bed of the mixture of ingredients B. Make sure it fully covered with flour.
  6. Shake off the excess flour.
  7. Deep fried the chicken immediately in hot oil over high heat (above 180°C/ 350°F) until golden brown.
  8. Remove the chicken with tongs and chopsticks.
  9. Place it on a kitchen towel or a metal rack.
  10. Mix all the ingredients C.
  11. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture onto the chicken.
  12. Serve with rice or coleslaw.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1148Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 255mgSodium: 1730mgCarbohydrates: 138gFiber: 7gSugar: 7gProtein: 107g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 6/1/2019


Friday 2nd of April 2021

Hello, any substitutes for white rice flour? And why is that the one that is especifically needed?


KP Kwan

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Rice flour is gluten-free and therefore can make food crispy. Other substitutes can be low gluten flour or only use sweet potato flour. Cornflour is another good substitute.


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

This recipe is amazing!!! I cooked it for dinner tonight and my god it is a game changer. 10/10

KP Kwan

Wednesday 4th of September 2019

Hi Hayley, Thanks for trying the recipe and glad that you like this Taiwanese chicken steak. KP Kwan


Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Since 99% my customer is Moslem, how can I substitute the white wine ? Thank you.

KP Kwan

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Hi Lanny, I completely understand your concern since I am leaving in Malaysia, a country with a large Muslim population just like you. I usually just substitute the alcohol with chicken stock, and it does working well.


KP Kwan


Sunday 11th of June 2017

I was thinking to add rice flour on mixture B and additional breadcrumbs to make it even more crispy. Does rice flour makes chicken even more crispier when fried if i'm not mistaken? I got his idea from my father. And instead of using 1 tbsp of water how about susbtitute it for 1 tbsp of egg white?

KP Kwan

Sunday 11th of June 2017

Hi Jason,

Rice flour can make it crispy so go for it. If you want to make it very crispy, try adding some baking powder to the flour mix. I suggest every 100g of flour for coating, add 4g of baking powder. As for egg white, it may not has much impact as the amount is small.


KP Kwan

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