Chicken joy is I think the most popular fried chicken in the Philippines. Not just the taste that captured the palate of Pinoys but also the crispy chicken skin and the aroma is what makes it number one. Since the original chickenjoy recipe is top secret, who knows what is the real recipe? There are many chicken joy recipes you can find but most of them have a lot of ingredients that I think might spoil the dish. The great thing about this homemade chicken joy recipe here is the simplicity. Sometimes simple ingredients makes the dishes tastier.
When preparing the chicken, to avoid the crispy tasty outside and bloody raw inside, prick each chicken until it reach the bones with a bamboo stick or a toothpick 3 to 5 times before frying it. And if you can’t find five spice powder, you can make your own by combining equal amounts of ground anise, ground black peppercorns, ground cinnamon, ground cloves and ground fennel seeds. Mix them thoroughly or shake them in a bottle until well mixed. Make sure you don’t use too much five spice powder, start using only 1/4 teaspoon. If that is not enough for your taste, then make it 1/2 teaspoon. Too much of it will ruin the taste.