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Haitian-Style Fried Chicken

Rated as 4.8 out of 5 Stars

"This fried chicken recipe has Haitian roots. It varies from traditional American recipes but is just as good. The longer you leave it to marinate, the better. You may sprinkle freshly squeezed lemon juice on top if you like."
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12 h 36 m servings 571
Original recipe yields 6 servings (3 pounds fried chicken)


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  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 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 per side. 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; 36.5 27.2 35.1 137 1811 Full nutrition

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These were amazing! I didn't think I would like these as well as a battered fried chicken but I sure did. They puff up so much that they look like a piece of battered fried chicken when they com...

Substituting in lime juice also makes a great recipe

I reduced Paprika and pepper both to 50%.

This was flavorful. I will make again!

Very flavorful and is a nice change from breaded chicken. My boyfriend is from Nigeria and loved the spice mixture. I served with rice and beans, it was a perfect savory meal. The recipes says t...