Ingredients

Fried Chicken:

4 boneless chicken thighs
(preferably with the skin on)

2 cups plain flour

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Sea salt

Som Tum Papaya Salad:

200g (7 oz) shredded green papaya (unripe papaya)

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

2 birds’ eye chillies (use more or less to taste)

2 snake beans, cut into 3cm-long batons (alternatively use green beans)

 ¼ cup dried shrimp, soaked in water for 5 minutes to soften

2 tbsp roasted peanuts

2 tbsp (about 20g) shaved palm sugar

½ tbsp fish sauce

6 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tbsp lime juice

Marinade:

4 garlic cloves

2 coriander roots, cleaned and roughly chopped

½ tsp black peppercorns

2 tbsp fish sauce

Instructions

  1. For the marinade, use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic, coriander roots and peppercorns to form a rough paste. Mix through the fish sauce. Then add the chicken and toss until well combined. Set aside to marinate for 10-20 minutes.
  2. In a large som tum mortar, pound garlic and chillies until just smashed but still chunky. Drain the dried shrimp and add those. Pound lightly. Then add the green beans and peanuts and pound lightly. Add the palm sugar and pound to soften. Now add half the papaya and lightly bruise with the pestle, using a spoon to mix as you lightly pound. Add remaining papaya, fish sauce and tomatoes. Lightly pound with the pestle and mix with the spoon. Add the lime juice and mix until well combined. Taste and adjust with more fish sauce, sugar and/or lime juice to taste.
  3. Alternatively, the salad can be made by placing ingredients in a large bowl or a ziplock bag and using a rolling pin to bruise the ingredients.
  4. Coat the chicken pieces in the flour. To cook the chicken, fill a saucepan or wok to about 1/3 capacity with the vegetable oil. Heat over high heat. Once the oil is medium-hot (320°F or 160°C or when a wooden spoon dipped into the oil forms small little bubbles), add the chicken pieces and cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Turn the chicken pieces as they cook to ensure an even golden colour. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Serve sliced fried chicken with som tum papaya salad.

Posted by Sarah@Kaido

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