As someone who loves to eat flavorful but healthful foods, I allow myself certain indulgences every now and then. Crispy, savory fried chicken is one of my ultimate favorite indulgences. Sometimes, when I’m too lazy to make homemade fried chicken, admittedly, I will buy from outside and they typically come in large packages. So what to do with all the leftover fried chicken? Here’s the recipe I came up with to turn fast food into easy “gourmet” in just minutes. Family and friends will love the popping flavors and if you don’t tell them the secret ingredient of bought fried chicken, they’ll think you’ve been slaving in the kitchen for hours.

Serves 4

6 cups (~4 large pieces) fried chicken chopped into small chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 cloves garlic finely minced
3 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
2 tablespoons sambal oelek (substitute with your favorite spicy chili sauce)
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Chopped scallions or cilantro for garnish


In a large wok or skillet, heat the olive oil on high heat. Sauté the minced garlic for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned.

Add the fried chicken chunks and stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes until heated and beginning to crisp. Pour in the sweet soy sauce, sambal oelek and orange juice. Toss together quickly until thoroughly mixed. Serve immediately on a bed of warm jasmine rice. Garnish with scallions or cilantro.