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Malaysian Chicken Chop

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Growing up in Malaysia, I remember Chicken Chop being on the menu on all “Western Food” hawker food carts. It was one of my favorite “Western” dishes.

Super tender chicken wrapped in a crunchy batter, smothered in a rich tomato mushroom sauce. I’m not really sure why they call it Chicken Chop – maybe because there’s pork chop and lamb chop, so why not call it chicken chop?

As you can imagine, when I moved to Oregon, I was surprised to discover that Chicken Chop was nowhere to be found!

So, I decided to try to make my own. After several failed attempts, I finally got the recipe how I like it (and how I remember it) so I’m really excited to share this with you.

The chicken is marinated in Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce for a few hours (or overnight) so not only is it super moist; it’s so flavorful.

It’s so good that you could eat it on its own, but why not knock it out of the park with the SAUCE?? Oh my gosh, the yummy tomato-y sauce…..just gotta try it.
(ps – If you’re looking for the Chicken Chop with Black Pepper Sauce, click HERE for that recipe)

chicken-chop-black-pepper-sauce-pic

Traditionally, the drumstick + thigh portion is used for Chicken Chop (de-boned, of course). Here’s a video on how the bone is removed from the thigh and the drumstick at the same time:

Watch on YouTube: Chicken Chop Cut

However, you can just use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. That’s probably easier to find at the grocery store. We’re going to be using 4 to 6 pieces here in this recipe. Place a plastic wrap over the chicken thighs then pound it with a meat tenderizer until it is about half an inch thick. This will help ensure that the whole piece will cook evenly.

Put the chicken in a ziploc bag, then add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Seal the bag, and shake to mix it well, then gently massage the sauce into the chicken. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours or even better, overnight.

Right before you’re ready to cook the chicken, prepare the sauce. Oh my gosh, this sauce is so yummy…

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add one small onion (cut into rings) and 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms. Saute for about 2 minutes or until the onions are soft and translucent.

Then, add 4 tablespoons of ketchup, 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and finally, 1 teaspoon of corn starch mixed with another 2 tablespoons of water. Bring it to a boil and stir constantly until the sauce thickens up a bit. This will only take a few seconds so don’t walk away from the stove. Set the sauce aside when ready.

Now we’re ready to fry the chicken. Heat up cooking oil over medium-high heat in a skillet or large frying pan. There should be enough oil that when you put the chicken into the pan, the oil covers about 1/3 of the chicken. If you have a deep fryer, you can also utilize that.

First, dip each piece of chicken in flour, then in egg, then into Panko breadcrumbs. In that order. Fry till golden brown on each side.

Serve with your favorite side dishes – french fries, steamed vegetables, salad, etc.

Pour the sauce over the chicken chop right before serving.

Enjoy!

Since we’re talking about Chicken Chop, check out this article for a good chuckle:
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-east-asia/story/malaysian-student-diagnosed-chicken-chop-mc-20150303

Malaysian Chicken Chop

Wok and Skillet
4.35 from 35 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Cuisine Malaysian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 
 

  • Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion cut into thin rings
  • 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 Tbsp water
  • Chicken:
  • 4 – 6 pieces boneless skinless, chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Instructions
 

  • Pound the chicken to medium thickness (about 1/2 an inch thick)
  • Place chicken in a large zliploc bag. Add soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix well. Let marinade for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onion and mushrooms. Saute until onions are soft (approx 2 mins)
  • Add ketchup, chicken bouillon powder, water, brown sugar and corn starch mixture. Bring to boil, stirring until the sauce thickens up a little bit. Turn off heat; set aside.
  • Heat up cooking oil over medium heat in a skillet or large frying pan.
  • Dip chicken in flour, dip in egg wash, then into breadcrumbs.
  • Fry chicken till golden brown on each side.
  • Serve with french fries and your choice of veggies. Gotta have french fries, though…cause they’re yummy. Pour sauce over chicken just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 3543kcalCarbohydrates: 396gProtein: 236gFat: 113gSaturated Fat: 38gPolyunsaturated Fat: 69gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1253mgSodium: 6294mgFiber: 19gSugar: 47g
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Recipe Rating




Aileena

Saturday 13th of March 2021

The sauce didn’t turn out well for me following the recipe instructions tho. The picture of sauce looks brown but mine turned red ketchup color

Vivian

Monday 5th of April 2021

@Aileena, I tried, I think may need improvise on the ketchup, depending on brand. I actually use more brown sugar, add a bit of dark soy sauce (Kicap manis) to give it a more brown tone. Hope it helps. It is a fantastic recipe!

Char

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Hi Aileena, I'm sorry to hear that your sauce didn't turn out well :(

Ashrul Annuar

Friday 26th of July 2019

Hello.... Do you know why you can't find any chicken chop when you're in USA? It is because chicken chop is actually not a western originated dish...it is Malaysian ! Created by male Hakka chefs for British residents during colonial days in Malaya. So, be proud of this.

Vivian

Monday 5th of April 2021

@Ashrul Annuar, these are Hainanese Malaysian creation indeed. I'm a Hakka, Hakka cooking is definitely different, we brought in thunder tea rice, ban mian and Yong tofu ;)