Fried Chicken ala Max Recipe

A close recreation of the famous sarap to the bones fried chicken!

As a fan of Max’s chicken, I consider hacking this recipe an achievement. To be able to recreate my favorite dish at home, ibig sabihin nakarami na rin talaga ako ng kain sa Max’s! If you want to try making this iconic fried chicken, try my recipe. 

Fried Chicken ala Max Recipe

Nicolaus Macasaet of Chef Nico Garcia, Reader Recipe
A close recreation of the famous sarap to the bones fried chicken!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American, Filipino
Servings 1 whole chicken


Fried Chicken ala Max Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large red onion halved
  • 1 whole Garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons rock salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil ground
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme ground
  • 4 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 whole Chicken
  • 1 bunch lemongrass (tanglad)
  • 4 tablespoons fish sauce (patis) divided in half
  • 1 liter Cooking oil for deep-frying more if needed


  • Make poaching liquid: Boil 4 cups of water in a large pot. Add onions, garlic, rock salt, ground pepper, basil, thyme, bay leaves, and whole peppercorn. Bring to a boil then simmer over medium heat.
  • Stuff the chicken with tanglad. Rub 2 tablespoons patis on the chicken. Let marinate for 5 minutes.
  • Poach the chicken in the simmering liquid over low-medium heat. (The flesh will turn white but the skin should be intact. One chicken weighing 1 kilo should cook through in approximately 30 minutes.) Do not boil.
  • Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid. Remove any herbs and spices stuck on the skin. Rub the remaining patis all over the chicken. Let it rest until dry (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Pre-heat oil in a large pan for deep frying.
  • Once the chicken is dry and oil is simmering, deep fry it until light golden in color. Flip the chicken as needed.
  • Remove from the pan, let it rest for 1 minute. Slice and serve! Best served with banana ketchup mixed with Worcestershire sauce.
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