Monday, July 4, 2011

Fried Chicken

Since its the Fourth of July I thought this would be a great idea for picnics and barbecues.  For a fried chicken recipe its relatively simple and its probably the best fried chicken you ever tasted! Enjoy!

  • 1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken, cut up into 10 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • peanut or canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 head garlic, smashed, husk still attached
  • honey for serving (I know it sounds weird but just try it)
Put the chicken pieces into a large bowl. Cover the chicken with water by 1 inch. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

In a large shallow platter, mix the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne until well blended and season generously with salt and pepper. In another platter combine the buttermilk and hot sauce with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

Drain the chicken and pat it dry. Dredge the pieces, a few at a time, in the flour mixture,
then dip them into the buttermilk, then dredge them again in the seasoned flour. Set aside and let the chicken rest while you prepare the oil.

Put about 3 inches of oil into a large deep pot; it should not come up more than half way. Add the garlic to the cool oil and heat over medium-high heat until the oil registers 350 to 365 degrees F on one of those clip-on deep fry thermometers. The garlic will perfume the oil with their flavor as the oil comes up to temperature.  Watch out for the garlic because it may pop in the hot oil. 

Once the oil has reached 350 to 365 degrees F, working in batches, carefully add the chicken pieces 3 or 4 at a time. Fry, turning the pieces once, until golden brown and cooked through, about 12 minutes. When the chicken is done, remove the chicken pieces and herbs from the pot, shaking off as much oil as you can, and lay it on a plate with paper towels. Sprinkle all over with a little salt. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces. Serve with honey and enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. This might have been the best fried chicken I ever tasted!


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