Haitian Fried Chicken


This Haitian fried chicken recipe varies from American-style fried chicken but is just as good. If you are in a hurry, you can marinate the chicken for 30 minutes, but the longer you leave it, the better. You may sprinkle freshly squeezed lemon juice on top if you like.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins


  • 3 pounds chicken legs

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • ½ white onion, chopped

  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated and minced

  • 3 tablespoons seasoned salt

  • 3 tablespoons paprika

  • 3 tablespoons ground thyme

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves

  • vegetable oil for frying


  1. Combine chicken legs, lemon juice, onion, garlic, seasoned salt, paprika, thyme, pepper, and cloves in a large bowl. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to 12 hours.

  2. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry chicken in batches until golden brown, about 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Drain on paper towels.

Editor's Notes:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

571 Calories
37g Fat
27g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 571
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 1811mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 26mg 131%
Calcium 144mg 11%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 530mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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