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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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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

571 calories; 36.5 g total fat; 137 mg cholesterol; 1811 mg sodium. 27.2 g carbohydrates; 35.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2017
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 come out of the oil. You can definitely taste the lemon but it makes it super moist too. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/26/2018
My in laws are Haitian. This does not taste like anything my husband's mother or aunts make. That said the seasonings are off. The lemon juice overpowered the taste of the chicken as did the allspice. The chicken was edible but not good enough to want to reach for seconds. I won't be making this again. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2017
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 come out of the oil. You can definitely taste the lemon but it makes it super moist too. Excellent recipe! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2017
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 come out of the oil. You can definitely taste the lemon but it makes it super moist too. Excellent recipe! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2017
Substituting in lime juice also makes a great recipe Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/26/2018
My in laws are Haitian. This does not taste like anything my husband's mother or aunts make. That said the seasonings are off. The lemon juice overpowered the taste of the chicken as did the allspice. The chicken was edible but not good enough to want to reach for seconds. I won't be making this again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2018
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 to marinate the chicken for 12 hours I ended up just marinating them for a couple hours and they were still good. Great recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/10/2018
I reduced Paprika and pepper both to 50%. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2018
This was flavorful. I will make again! Read More