Marmite Fried Chicken

Crispy fried chicken coated with marmite sauce is a popular choice at Chinese eateries (煮炒餐馆) in Malaysia and Singapore. The sweet and savoury gravy is delicious and appetizing.

5 stars

Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 30 mins



Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

285 kcal
12 g
18 g
18 g

Marmite chicken is a popular dish found at Chinese eateries known as ‘dai chao' which are commonly found throughout Malaysia or at ‘zi char’ in Singapore. My favourite choices at ‘dai chao’ restaurants are marmite chicken and 'Kung Pao' Mantis Prawns. Marmite, a food spread from United Kingdom is made up of yeast extract. The taste of marmite is very much like concentrated salty beer. Hence, it is added to many dishes for the added umami. I love the gravy in the dish besides the light crunchiness of the chicken.

Type of meat

The honey marmite sauce goes well with either chicken or pork. Use chicken breast or chicken thighs for this recipe. Alternatively, you can make marmite pork instead. Simply replace chicken with pork slices. The best part of pork to use are the shoulders or pork butt.

Honey marmite chicken

This marmite chicken recipe uses honey and maltose as sweeteners. Maltose, also known as malt sugar is not that sweet compared to other sweeteners and is commonly used in Chinese cooking. If you do not have maltose, double the amount of honey used in this recipe.

Taste of marmite

Marmite is an acquired taste. I don't enjoy it as it is but love it when it is used in marmite chicken. If you're serving this dish to someone who hates marmite, don't worry! It does not have the overpowering taste of marmite which some may find unpleasant. However, if you are concerned, use half the recommended amount of marmite stated in this recipe.

Substitute for marmite

Marmite can be found in local grocery stores depending on your location. Otherwise, you may find it at Asian grocers. While many references online suggest using dark miso and/or soy sauce as substitutes, they will not work for this recipe as marmite and its flavour is unique. Substituting it with the aforementioned ingredients will turn it into a totally different dish instead.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for 'Shaoxing' wine?

Unfortunately, there is none as Shaoxing wine is added for its sweetness. While most suggested using apple juice as a substitute, I highly advised against it. It will spoil the flavour of the dish making it taste slightly tart. If you do not want to have alcohol in the recipe, simply omit it as the main flavour of the gravy comes from the marmite and other sweeteners.


300 g
chicken meat
1 tbsp
soy sauce
5 tbsp
corn starch
400 ml
2 tbsp
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
shaoxing wine

Steps to Prepare

Marmite Fried Chicken Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 300 g chicken meat
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 5 tbsp corn starch
    • 400 ml oil

Mix chicken meat with soy sauce and coat them with cornflour. Heat oil at medium heat and fry them until golden brown. Leave aside.

Marmite Fried Chicken Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 2 tbsp water
    • 1 tbsp marmite
    • 1 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp maltose
    • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine

In a clean pan, mix soy sauce, Shaoxing wine and water. Cook over medium heat. Add marmite, honey and maltose. Stir to dilute maltose and honey. Allow gravy to simmer until it thickens.

Marmite Fried Chicken Step 3

Step 3 of 3

Turn off the stove once gravy thickens. Coat fried chicken meat evenly with gravy.

Published: May 28, 2016

2 Discussions

4 years ago


Hi, Nyonya I made this dish with soya instead of chicken as a vegan alternative. It is delightful ♡ I will try and figure out how to put a picture up... but I highly recommend giving this a go and I have been telling all my friends about it ☆☆☆

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
4 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

This is lovely. Love your creativity to substitute using soya. Quickly show us a photo on your food snap gallery! Click the + sign on the top right to upload the photo.

5 years ago


感谢您 “Nyonya Cooking” 这个可爱 的食谱!

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