How to Recreate Jollibee at Home | Chicken Joy, Spaghetti, Burger Steak

 

One thing that you miss during the quarantine is your go-to comfort food. And for a lot of people, that’s Jollibee. There are days when you crave for nothing but a 2-piece chicken joy, with a load of that gravy to match. Now that it’s getting more difficult to satisfy those cravings, how are we going to get our Jollibee fix? Well then, let’s bring Jollibee to our houses instead. Recreate their recipes (they’re pretty close to the real thing!) with these Jollibee recipe hacks!

 

Chicken Joy

The world-famous Chicken Joy. It even beats other fast food chains because it’s just that good. The best part hands-down is the uniquely crispy skin. Don’t tell me that you’ve never saved those good bits for last at least once in your life.

 

Ingredients:

Chicken Joy

  • 3 Thighs
  • 3 chicken legs

Brine

  • 6-8 cups of water (depends on size of chicken – has to cover it completely)
  • 2 tbsp of chicken stock powder or 1 tbsp of msg
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup salt

Coating

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 1.5 cups of cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp five spice
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp half and half
  • 1 tbsp chicken salt or 1 tsp msg
  • salt and pepper to taste

Gravy

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Soy sauce to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pot, bring water, salt, and sugar to a boil. Add in MSG (or chicken salt) and let it dissolve. Let it cool and mix in cold water. Submerge chicken and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. In a large container, combine flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, five spice, and paprika.
  3. Dunk the chicken in ice water and coat with the breading. Make sure to coat under the skin. You can also drip the ice water in the breading to form lumps. This will create bigger chunks of crispy skin.
  4. Deep fry chicken at 120C. Cook until golden brown.
  5. Gravy: Melt butter in a pan. Add flour and whisk until combined. Add chicken stock, salt, pepper, milk, and soy sauce. Let it simmer until it thickens.

 

It would be a crime to eat Chicken Joy without the spaghetti. Its sweet sauce is what definitely sets it apart from other spaghetti dishes. You’re a true Filipino is you had this growing up.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 50 grams ground beef
  • 2 cups grams smooth spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 red hot dogs
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooked spaghetti noodles, to serve
  • Grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef until brown. Add in hotdogs and continue to cook. Set aside.
  2. Saute onions until slightly colored. Add in tomato paste and tomato sauce. Cook for 5 minutes. Add meat and evaporated milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add brown sugar and dissolve. Let it simmer until it thickens, around 20 minutes.
  3. Serve over cooked pasta and top with grated cheese.

 

Burger Steak

One of the truly underrated meals at Jollibee. The mushroom gravy clearly makes the dish, and you can’t help but drown your burger steak in a pool of that beautiful sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams ground beef
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup of sliced white mushrooms
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of gravy (same as chicken joy gravy recipe)

Instructions:

  1. Season ground beef with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  2. Shape into thin patties and create a small dimple in the middle.
  3. In a hot pan, cook the patties until brown.
  4. In a separate pan, add in melted butter and mushrooms. Cook until brown. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Combine with the gravy (or cornstarch) and mix until thick. Season with salt and pepper.

 

See how to make these Jollibee recipe hacks at home!

Erwan Heussaff
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