Cooking the "Naked-Neck" Chicken: Steamed in Ginger Sauce and Fried inGarlic, Pepper and Salt

Monday, October 22, 2012

I will do a short blog on some simple recipes for chicken.

As with always, start with the best chicken you can find. Some of you overseas should have easy access to great free-range chicken. Here, I prefer to use the "naked-neck" chicken as the meat is firmer, sweeter and flavorful. You can find out more about this chicken from Toh Thye Sun's farm which sells this Anxin brand. You can also source this "naked neck" chicken from the wet market. Just talked with your regular chicken seller. They are often sold as "Kampung Chicken." Dr Leslie Tay has also blogged about this chicken here.

I steamed some of this Anxin chicken with garlic sauce (the recipe here). In fact, steaming is one of the best ways to retain the flavours of the chicken.

Anxin's naked neck chicken is perfect for steaming

You can also steam the chicken whole (rub in some salt first) for about 40 minutes and it will be very tasty.

I have always liked the Chinese-style Fried Chicken without using any thick batter. My Mum used to do that once in a while and it is of course a dinner favourite.

The recipe is very simple. You must not be squirmy about deep frying though. 
Cut chicken into medium size pieces (i.e. wing and drumstick are halved). For 1 chicken, marinate in one teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of sugar, some white pepper and 4 teaspoons of chopped garlic. Add a glass of water. Leave it in the fridge for an hour, preferably 4 hours.

Then add half a bowl of rice flour (corn flour will work too). Heat up the oil in a wok or pot. Deep fry till golden brown (about 10-15 mins). Best to serve it hot.

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  1. Hi, is there supposed to be pepper in this recipe per the header?

  2. The recipe is so simple and the images seem so delicious. I should try this once since the process is not hard.

  3. Me too. Want to try this for my family... Thank you very much. ;))

  4. Kampung Chicken is essentially free range chicken eating and nibbling whatever is around supplemented by discarded greens and leftovers, preferable to formulated feeds and battery reared poultry.