Cereal Butter Fried Chicken

Cereal Butter Fried Chicken (Mai Pian Ji)

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Southeast Asia
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Marinade chicken: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Crispy fried chicken is tossed in buttery, spicy (or not) and aromatic cereal mix. A combination that is addictingly good
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  • 2 lbs chicken wings or you can use 1 lb boneless skinless chicken fillet of your choice
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 -3 red chilis seeded and finely chopped
  • 10 sprigs of fresh curry leaves picked
  • Cooking oil for deep frying

Marinade for chicken:

  • 1 Tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Cereal Mixture:


Marinade the chicken:

  • Place chicken pieces in a large bowl. Add marinade ingredients and let them marinade for 30 minutes at room temperature
  • When ready to fry the chicken, preheat some oil for deep-frying in a deep pot, about 2-inches of oil. Coat each piece of chicken with cornstarch and shake off any excess flour

Frying the chicken:

  • Fry the chicken until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove from the oil to absorbent paper towel. Remove any frying bits from the oil and bring the oil back to high heat again
  • Fry the chicken for the second time until the chicken pieces are crispy and has deeper brown, but not burnt. Remove to absorbent paper towel

Prepare the cereal mixture:

  • In a bowl, combine the Nestum cereal, sugar and milk powder. Whisk to mix everything. In another skillet, melt the butter. Add the chili and curry leaves and stir-fry until fragrant. The curry leaves will crisp up too. Add Nestum cereal mixture and continue to stir-fry for about 1 minute. Take care not to burn it as there's sugar
  • Add the fried chicken pieces to the mixture and stir everything to combine. Have a taste of the cereal mixture and adjust by adding more salt and/or sugar to your liking. It should be salty, buttery and slightly sweet
  • Dish out to serving platter and serve immediately with rice as part of multi-course meal


If you really can't find Nestum cereal, try it with regular uncooked oats. It works really well too. You just need to stir fry the oats a bit longer to get it to crisp up, but my family loves it with oats too before I got a hold of Nestum cerea