Chicken Pandan or Pandan Chicken is a delicious Thai chicken dish. Chicken pieces such as drumsticks, wings, and boneless breasts are marinated in a concoction of seasonings and spices then wrapped in Pandan (Screwpine) leaves. This can be cooked in different ways: deep-frying, grilling, and baking.
You might be wondering why the chicken pieces need to be wrapped in Pandan leaves. Aside from looking nice, Pandan leaves provide a sweet enticing aroma to the chicken which can increase your appetite level. Have you tried placing Pandan leaves when steaming rice? If you have, that is the same aroma that I’m talking about.
This Chicken Pandan recipe variation caters more to the Filipino taste; you can call this Pinoy Chicken Pandan, if you want.
The secret to a flavorful chicken or meat dish is the marinade. It is important that you let the chicken absorb all the flavors before starting to cook. I usually marinate the chicken overnight to infuse all the flavors.