Max’s style Fried Chicken

Max’s style Fried Chicken is a copycat recipe of the popular and delicious Fried Chicken dish served by Max’s Restaurant.

We are using Cornish game hen for this recipe. This is smaller compared to regular chicken. So, if you are using regular chicken, make sure to add more cooking time for the chicken to be cooked correctly. The first procedure that I did was to steam the chicken in a mixture of herbs and seasonings. This makes the chicken tender while infusing the flavor and aroma of the herbs. Once our Max’s Fried Chicken has been steamed, we let is stand for about 10 minutes to drain excess liquid before deep frying. This will give you a nice tasting fried chicken that is juicy in the inside and crisp in the outside.

This Fried Chicken dish is served with fried kamote (sweet potato) and best eaten with Jufran banana ketchup or Worcestershire sauce. To make your dining experience more realistic, you can serve Lumpiang Sariwa and Pancit Canton along with it.

Try this Max’s style Fried Chicken recipe. and let me know what you think.

Max Fried Chicken

Max’s Style Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole spring chicken (cornish game hen)
  • 6 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups cooking oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a steamer, pour the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the dried bay leaves and chopped cilantro in the boiling water
  3. Steam the chicken for 45 minutes
  4. Remove the chicken from the steamer and allow the excess liquid to drip. Let the chicken cool down.
  5. Rub salt and pepper all over the chicken.
  6. In a deep-fryer or tall pot, pour the cooking oil and apply heat.
  7. When the cooking oil is hot enough, deep-fry the chicken for about 12 minutes. (If the chicken is not entirely immersed in oil, flip the chicken to fry the other side for another 12 minutes or until color turns golden brown)
  8. Remove the chicken from the fryer and allow oil to drip.
  9. Serve hot with fried kamote (fried sweet potato). Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 3

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Comments

  1. Tita Garcia says:

    Clara,

    Thanks for your suggestion – I will try it and thanks Panlasang Pinoy for all the wonderful recipes. More power to to you. I actually downloaded your ebook. By the way, do you have a really good Palabok recipe. I would appreciate it.
    Maraming Salamat po!

    Tita from Jacksonnville FL

  2. grace says:

    ano po yung spring chicken (cornish game hen)

  3. rj_javaliii says:

    sir may recipe ba kau for gravy? close dun sa gravy ng jollibee.. :)

  4. mingD says:

    thanks for your very helpful site! keep on sharing and teaching and spreading and transferring your technology to us! you’re such a selfless man…..God bless you more!

  5. mamimona says:

    un n un. ;)

  6. rosemarie m sumalde says:

    i love watching ur show thanks alot:))

  7. jellybeantrue06 says:

    The best talaga an website na ito!!! Love it! Favorite ng hubby q an Max’s fried chicken, now I can cook it on my own. Thanks so much po! Keep up the good work!

  8. Cherry says:

    Try ko po gawin ngaun. Thanks

  9. nice recipe. really loved it..

  10. like the recipe. easy to follow instructions. happy cooking..

  11. Will there be a huge difference if i bake and broil it and not deep-fry it?

  12. Ibyang says:

    I love this recipe! Halos maubos naming mag asawa ang isang buong manok! More Power!

  13. Ibyang says:

    It’s so easy to make! My husband loves it! Thanks for this recipe!

  14. kintchay is different from cilantro…yung cilantro ay para na ring parsely. Kintchay ay lasang sibuyas yun….:-)

  15. joana grace says:

    delicious!!!!!…my whole family love it..thnx poh

  16. vanessa says:

    kuya van, does it need to be the whole chicken?..pede po rin ba to sa regular lang na chicken?..tnx!

  17. joanita says:

    I love this recipe so much! Soo yummy, smelling sooo good when i was deep-frying it,mouth watering that my hubby were already feelin hungry and would like to skip karate training just to taste this recipe right away.. Thanks for all your recipes! I enjoyed cooking now because of your great, tasting recipes soo easy to follow and cook! More power of Panlasang Pinoy!

    Mrs. Delmas
    France

  18. I just discovered your website yesterday thru youtube, and i immediately tried cooking your ginataang tilapia recipe for dinner last night,my husband loved it!
    Now, I can’t wait to try your Max Fried chicken recipe for our dinner!Thank you for saving my family’s dinner meals!You are awesome!Keep it up!

  19. Patrick Sodusta says:

    Kuya yung manok ba ay ang regular na manok na mabibili sa palengke? or yung iba ang breea????

  20. naida says:

    thanks for sharing … will definitely try this over the weekend, very timely for the mother’s day celebration :)

  21. evelyn says:

    kuya,good eve poh…!!! can i cook in the oven instead of frying? pahiran nalang nang oil ang whole chicken ,we do not have frying pan na malalim,,,, i’m planning to cook this to my chinese boss,they love to eat filipino food…thank you alot,,,,

  22. lavet! i’ve been looking everywhere for this… :))

  23. Jhona says:

    do you think boiling the chicken instead of steaming gives better result in terms of taste?

  24. Ambrosia says:

    pwd po bang hnd whole chicken? choice parts for instance?

  25. victoriajoy says:

    Thank you Manong for this recipe. I will try to cook it this weekend..

  26. Froggie says:

    Dear kuya, i would like to ask what kind of cilantro or parsley are you using for the max chicken recipe? Can I use either fresh or dried? Thanks.

  27. Cathzsmile says:

    Thank you for this recipe! My family loves it so much…

  28. Nice website I came across through YOUTUBE.. thank you for your hard work to show the rest how Filipino cooking is being done. Somehow your versions are very close to the original recipies.

    Only one recommendation but not a big deal: you can lose the music backround. its not really necessary to have it while you are talking at the same time.. its kind of annoying to tell you the truth.. just listening to your voice is just fine.

    Thank you again..

  29. lito r garcia says:

    katulad nun minsan akala ko kung ano yun annatto seed, mabuti nalang at may video at audio dun ko lang nadinig na atsuete pala yun, kaya wala ka talagang katulad vanjo, KUMPLETO!!!!

  30. lito r garcia says:

    how the cilantro looks like? hope there is translation of every spices na foreign sa pandinig namin at bihira sa pinas

  31. lito r garcia says:

    epot yun bay leaves eh dahon ng laurel. thanks.

  32. kuya ano b ung cilantro? tnx

  33. Clara says:

    Share lang po ako, I got a tip from a friend who work in a restaurant before, they used to boil the chicken in real pork broth. Once cooked, transfer the whole chicken in a large pot full of ice cold water(this will make the skin tight thus giving it a nice form). Let it soak for 5 minutes then remove from the pot and drain, rub a bit of canola oil on the skin with the salt and pepper rub mentioned above. Let it cool down, you can leave this overnight inside the fridge then fry as directed. If you want a healthier alternative, you can bake it for 30 minutes-1 hour 350C then broiling it on Low temp until skin is brown and crisp.

    Just thought I’d share!

  34. violet says:

    ang pinag-steam ko sa chicken ay 1 part cooking oil and 2 parts tanduay rhum!!!
    yummy din ang dating.. try nyo..

  35. Olivia says:

    What is the heat temp of the oil?

  36. janette says:

    thanks for the great recipes! ive tired more than 10 of your recipes and all of them were the best tasting version of its kind, my friends and family are impressed!

  37. Debora says:

    I tried this recipe last night and it was great. my tastebuds were definitely happy to have its craving satisfied. the recipe is simple and easy to follow…everyone should give it a try. great job panlasang pinoy. this is a definite keeper in my recipe box.
    p.s. do you have a recipe on how to make piaya?
    thanks

  38. lhing says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe sir i felt like i was home eating in max’s restaurant when i tried this…

  39. purplemay says:

    wow. thanks for this great site and recipes! i liked your videos too!

  40. Marlyn P. Esteban says:

    I’m very thankful for discovering your website. I did this already and no need for us to go to the Max House…We love it..still doing some of your recipe’s…

  41. Kuya I haven’t tried your recipe…since type ko once in a while to eat fried chicken I’ll try to do it…Keep sharing kuya!

  42. Doreen820 says:

    Hello,

    good to see this recipe, thanks!
    have one question though, is there any substitute for kinchay?

    Thanks!

  43. kuya gutto ko tlga po maks tsikin kuya yun bang bay lives ay toyo???

  44. I just tried this recipe awhile ago and while I tried to be true to the recipe, I had some whole rosemary (Mc Cormick) available and I added some to the boiling water for steaming. I did this because I read at another site claiming to have the secret recipe of Max’s rest. fried chicken. I also waited about an hour after I rubbed the salt and pepper before I fried the chicken as recommended by another reader. I am letting the chicken cool down about 4 hours before I fry it again for dinner. Again, I read somewhere that this adds crispiness to the chicken skin which makes it near the taste of Max’s. Anyway, so far the smell and the look of the chicken I cooked is similar to Max’s. And I would like to thank you for giving this recipe. As for the other site that claims the secret recipe of Max’s Restaurant Fried Chicken is, below are the ingredients and cooking procedure.

    Ingredients:
    1 whole chicken
    rock salt
    freshly cracked pepper
    sprig of rosemary
    2 carrots chopped
    1 large onion chopped
    2 celery ribs, chopped
    1 head garlic, chopped
    water
    frying oil

    Procedure

    Wash and pat chicken dry
    Massage salt and pepper onto and under the skin
    Combine garlic, onions, celery and carrots.
    Stuff the mixture into the chicken’s cavity until full but not bursting
    Prepare steamer with water. Place remainder of the vegetables and rosemary sprig into the water
    Steam the chicken for around 30 minutes
    Remove chicken from steamer, empty cavity and drain well. Discard the vegetables
    Deep fry chicken in very hot oil until lightly browned, turning on sides as necessary
    Remove from pan and allow to cool
    Deep fry again until golden brown when ready to eat.
    Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes before chopping pieces. This “stand time” prevents the juices from leaking out of the meat.

    Hope to read comments about this soon. As for the chicken I cooked, I am happy with it. :) Thanks again.

    • Hi again….

      I cooked the chicken a second time around in the same cooking oil over high heat. Since the first time I cooked it took about 4 minutes, I tried completing a 12 minute cook by frying the chicken a second time around for 8 minutes. Good thing I kept looking at the frying process since if I followed the time, I would have over cooked the chicken. I guess I learned that it is always a good idea to check on your cooking every now and then and not totally rely on the recommendations. As for the final outcome, the outside was crispy and really tasted very similar to Max’s. Although I would suggest for first timers of this dish to be patient in patting the ground black pepper and salt as the steaming really softens the chicken. Also to try to spread the salt and pepper evenly. Mine had some parts a little bit more salty than the others. Overall though, I passed the taste test in my not too discerning family’s taste buds and they cant wait for the next recipe. Thank you so much for the informative cooking recipe. You’re in my prayers.

      ’til next…

  45. Yanah says:

    I love Chicken, but i eat less of it b’coz i do have food allergy.

    I cooked this for my colleagues (mixed nationalities, but mostly Arabic) in one of our office gathering and all of them like it and asking for the recipe of it ;DThanks kuya for a nice & yummy recipe !! more power ;D

  46. Beverly Chua says:

    Im about to try to cook your recipe coz my family loves to eat max fried chicken especially my husband,i hope he will like it!Im glad i have found your website it would be a great help for me because my husband loves to eat…

  47. hi kuya, i really dont have talent in cooking, but then napadaan ako dito sa website mo, parang madali lang naman gawin, and since may family gathering kami later, na encourage ako gawin to, hope makuha ko ng tama to, wish me luck kuya! jst one question, pde po bng lagyan ng luya sa pagpapakulo?

  48. girlie says:

    SPECIAL REQUEST naman…SIZZLING TOFU recipe ng MAX

  49. hi.. thank you so much for this recipes..i start searching bunch of chicken recipes to cook for three days.. my inlaws is planning to visit here for 3 days.. they wont eat any meat but just chicken..

    more power to you guys!!

    God bless

    Beth

  50. Lianne says:

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I tried this recipe today. I steamed two chickens each weighing more than a kilo. My family absolutely loved them, specially the crispy skin! I got an all thumbs up, but I think I should credit their approval to you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe here! God bless!

  51. ATTENTION: SM SUCAT MAX'S CUSTOMERS says:

    My family used to frequent max’s restaurant a lot. We dine there every Sunday and special occasions. It used to be my favorite restaurant. We don’t go to any particular branch, however, customers please beware of SM Sucat ( Paranaque, Philippines). Yesterday,we ordered 3 half regular chicken. Being regular customers we noticed that the chicken orders were smaller than usual, so before eating, I called the waiter and clarified that they only served us spring chicken, which he insisted was regular chicken. We were willing to eat our orders for we were starving, we just wanted to be billed for what was really served us 3 half spring chicken and not regular half chicken. So, we ate the 2 orders and ordered a half spring chicken for comparison, leaving the third order untouched. When the spring chicken arrived, it was the same size as the supposedly regular chicken, but still the waiter insisted it was regular half chicken, so we called for the manager. The manager settled the issue and billed us 2 half spring chicken but insisted that we be billed 4 half spring chicken. We didn’t ask for any special treatment, but just wanted to be served right. It was the deception that got us all fired up. NEXT TIME CONSUMERS JUST ASK FOR THE SPRING CHICKEN, IT’S THE SAME AS THE REGULAR ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE IN SM SUCAT, SO BUYER PLEASE BEWARE.

    • maribel says:

      OMG…thanks for posting this friend…i’ll take note of that…kakahiya sila…i’ll try to eat to other branches and check out if they’re doing the same thing there in sucat..i think bicutan br. is also serving that kind of chicken..tsk tsk…not good at all

  52. I’ve tried this recipe for lunch and i forgot my diet! :( Chicken tastes awesomely like Max’s. I also used Jufran, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and fried kamote on sidings to feel like I’m really dining at Max’s. Hahaha… This is so great! Thanks PANLASANG PINOY for this recipe!

  53. hello! thanks po sa recipe, favorite ‘to ng mom ko. i will try this. we also love max’s caramel bar. been searching for the recipe pero unfortunately wala ako makita.

  54. Ellen says:

    Nakakaindak naman ang tugtog ng Maglalatik! Di ko tuloy naintindihan ang sinabi mo (not your fault, Vanjo) dahil panay ang indak ko. Seriously speaking, I had to replay the video instruction dahil susubukan ko talaga yan once na makakita ako ng cornish hen sa Walmart. 1986 pa yung huling punta ko sa Max’s Restaurant, eh!
    Natawa ako sa cilantro at kulantro….magkatunog naman, di ba?

  55. Sharon Alvarez says:

    i love the recipe and had tried it two times. Max chicken talaga ang dating.

  56. finally i found what i have been looking for all these 5 yrs that i have been living here in the US…thank you so much. i love your website….thank u again…more power to u.

    ivy

  57. its good that i found out about your site..ang laking tulong saken para ma introduce ko sa family ko ang phil.food.para hindi naman puro japanese cuisine lang alam nila kainin..thanks a lot!!

  58. kuya, fave ko tong max’s fried chicken. everyday akong nagvivisit ng site mo lalo na pag wala ko maisip na ulam. hehehe. gagawin ko to tonight. dami ko na nagawa from ur site. buttered puto, kutsinta, banana bread, and ensaymada. i tried brazo de mercedes pero nagkamali ako sa paggawa ng meringue. nilagay ko agad yung sugar. ill try it again next time. thanks for all ur help kuya. =)

  59. Since I love max fried chicken, I defnitely would love this recipe, ty for sharing

  60. krissy says:

    lol may sense of humor pala si bossing eh haha

  61. I followed your leche flan and beef with broccoli! I was very surprised because it really turned out great on the first try. Very yummy indeed! Now I am doing this recipe! I am very positive that it will turn out just as the max’s.

    Thanks Vanj! More power!

  62. Hi,

    Youre site ir really interesting,I just opened it recently, i know how to cook good food but some of youre recipes are really great! thanks and more power.

    Eva

  63. okay lang yan Girlie, mawawalan lang ng little spice and salinity. You may rub a little salt and pepper after steaming if you want.

  64. The result will be different if you do that. Hope this helps.

  65. lanie says:

    hi..super Max’s chicken nga ang recipe mo…nag try ako straight away…my children loves it! Ubos sa isang upuan lang…lol!

  66. Gene Guzman says:

    Tol, may tip ako sa iyo kaya lang I hope hindi tayo mademanda ng Max Fried Chicken… hehehe… kuhang kuha mo ang recipe… missing lang ng 2 ingredients doon sa steam… luya at saka at least 6 pieces of star anice. More power to you…

    • Ay sayang, hindi ko nabasa ito nung tinry ko tong lutuin. Good thing yung BOUNTY FRESH chicken na binili ko hindi maango. I highly recommend BOUNTY FRESH chicken kasi they really follow good manufacturing process tsaka food safety procedures sa farming. Next time I will definitely try the luya and the star anice. Thanks Gene

  67. Hi Bogsie, walang anuman. Good to know that; I’m pretty sure na one of these days ay mapeperfect mo ang mga recipes natin. See you around.

    • asst cook dhel says:

      chef my i know your name ibeen watching your video lagi and i know na magaling na chef ka may i know some of your biography?thanks sa lahat ng teaching dami ko na natutunan more power to you and your staff god bless

  68. Thanks po for this recipe, really love Max’s fried chix try ko po ito thanks a lot po…

  69. bambi says:

    good pm…can i use cut chicken, hindi yng whole? ( for the max fried chicken), and is it ok if broiler chicken ang gamitin?

  70. where can you get bay leaves?

  71. Hi nits, good to know that. I hope that you are enjoying surfing our site. I Hope to see you around.

  72. thanks for the panlasang pinoy,,keep it up…Very good recipes i used it to my reference….

  73. Derrick says:

    Absolutely 5 Stars!!! Well done kuya!!! For us living in abroad and misses the crispy fried cxn of Max resto, this recipe is a god-send! Kuya, kaya din ba natin ung Jolibee Fried Cxn???

  74. Thanks for your recipes. I have a lot of Cassava cake recipes from online and cookbooks. I want to let you know that i kept your recipe and that’s what i use now. And gagawa kami uli ngayon. thanks very much.

    Do you also have fried chicked jolibee style?

  75. kuya itanong ko lang sana kung ano ang pampalambot sa karne ng manok baking soda ba oh gatas

  76. Victoria Del Rosario says:

    hello there…how about frying in olive oil??? will it still be max fried chicken??? will definetely try this for our Sunday dinner next week. Il let you know how it goes. great job!!!

  77. ching says:

    Hi. You are big help. I am recently married and cooking for my husband. Your recipes turned out really yummy, parang akong “expert cook” in an instant just following your step-by-step cooking procedure. Thanks and more power!

  78. Michelangelo says:

    Boss, baka alam mo gawin yung Jollibee style chicken? thanks

  79. napansin ko lng when i fried the chicken ung organ parts nya, turned into black na parang nasunog, is it advisable na lagyan ko ng flour ung organ parts lang? para hindi masunog? thx po..

  80. Did you use cornish game hen jr? Its important to use a small fowl fore this recipe because it absorbs the spices faster. If you are using the average sized chicekn, better add more time steaming and more of the spices to infuse it better.

  81. dexter says:

    sir,.what other condiments i can use if cilantro is not available? can i use thyme?

  82. Kuya,
    Great!!! we tried that Max’s Chicken…wowwwwwwww…my kids loved it!I tried three of your recipe already…I was amazed the way you did them all.R u a chef?im just wonderin’ , you cook good.
    btw..i just tried 3 of ur recipes, coz, i just find out yr website recently…we tried the “pandesal”,chicken with coconut milk,and this one.Maja blanca will be the next…hehehe.Thx again for sharing it with us..God bless.

  83. kuya, post ka naman panu gawin ang chicken relleno.. and pls din show kung panu e debone ang whole chicken. kasi may isang way ng pag debone na hindi na e cut open ang chicken.. wla na tahi2..

  84. YW margie :)

  85. Thanks din sa pag comment danah. Basta may extra time ako, siguradong sasagot ako sa mga questions nyo. Have a great day!

  86. You’re welcome Jem boy. Kamusta na bro? I’ts nice to see you here.

  87. morei says:

    thanks for great recipes and easy to follow cooking instructions. God bless you!

  88. PATRICIA says:

    hi,
    tried this last saturday and served it with oancit canton just as you suggested. parang nagpadeliver kami from Max”s. Used to do this before but didn’t put the bay leaf and cilantro in the water and that made the difference. thanks for the delicious recipes.

  89. Maria Paz says:

    Does anyone know what happened to Seven Sisters of Kawit, Cavite? They have the best Fried Chicken.

  90. hello mr chef,
    i start to watch your show last week & i’ve tried your empanada it was so good i was wondering if you could give us a clue how to make the lasang pancit pinoy because every party that me my family attend the pancit taste is not really as good as the original taste you can always taste the mama sita pancit mixture, i really appreciate it if could show us how, thanks in a million.

  91. Hi ana, thanks for the feedback. I’m glad that you liked it.

  92. Hehe..eto nga yata yung nilalaga at pinapaligo para lumabas lahat yung buluts :)

  93. Looks delicious – back home, my parents has a Max’s restaurant within walking distance. I’ll have to make this for them so they can save themselves a trip and money!

  94. hi!… tnx for sharing us your wonderful talent in cooking and the presentation itself shows clearly and easy to catch up.

  95. Thanks for the tip Ube. You could be right on that since lard give additional porky taste to the chicken. Since I don’t use lard, the next best thing here in my kitchen would be recycled cooking oil that I used to fry chicken a few days before.

    I was thinking of using lard but I guess that I’m just afraid. I could say that I am frightened to use lard extensively because whenever I think about it, I can imagine my arteries clogging. Well…thats just me.

    I Appreiate your comment ube. Have a great day!

  96. elvie lorenzo says:

    oishi!!!!!!

  97. To get the maximum Max styled fried chicken use lard in deep frying the chicken. One of the former managers at this establishment told me the secret frying oil – lard in a large kawa. You got the steaming right which is part of their cooking process.

  98. Hi abe, yung dried bay leaves ay pinatuyong dahon ng laurel at yung parsley ay kinchay. Sana nasagot ko ang tanong mo.

  99. Hi edith, we have pancit recipes here in the site. It’s located under the Noodles and Pasta category.

  100. hi kuya!! i prefer using parsley than the local kinchay, because they have different taste and aroma.Some people don’t eat kinchay.
    =)

  101. zhiel says:

    ang parsley at kintsay ay magakiba po, di sila magkapareho

  102. victoriajoy says:

    oh, akala ko ang celery ang kinchay….mali pala ako. :)

  103. victoriajoy says:

    Parsley is kinchay per Manong.

  104. france010 says:

    baka kulantro ung sinasabi mo ung para sa tigdas :))

  105. tristan says:

    cilantro or kulantro?

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