July 19, 2006

Fried Chicken




Ingredients:

for the spice rub
*warning-this needs to be prepared and used the day before you plan to make the chicken

4 tablespoon Old Bay
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
6 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime


1 approx. 6 lb chicken, cut into 8 pieces

for the next day:
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper
cooking oil


Directions:

The day before you fry the chicken: Combine spices in a small bowl then spread it out over a plate. Dredge the chicken pieces in the spices. Sprinkle the garlic and lime juice over chicken and refrigerate the whole thing in a ziplock bag overnight.

The day of:
Pour oil in to a large pot until it is about 2 inches height. Heat the oil to 450 degrees*. Mix flour and seasoning in a bowl, then spread it out over a plate. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture and fry until each piece is a deep golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side.

*tip: if you don't have a thermometer, put the oil on a medium high heat and heat for 30 minutes.
My thoughts:
For as long as I have known my husband he has been relentless in his pursuit of the perfect fried chicken. Every time he has tried something has gone wrong: the chicken is raw in the middle, it's not flavorful, it's dry, it's too dark. This weekend however, was a giant success. Flavorful, juicy chicken with a brittle golden crust. Honestly the best fried chicken either of us have ever had, any where.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Rachel--
    My grandmother always insisted on soaking the chicken in buttermilk for at least an hour before dipping it in flour and frying it, so I've always done it that way. But I love the idea of coating the chicken with spices the day before you fry it, and your spice combination sounds delicious!

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  2. I like your coating ingredients and will definitely give them a try; we, too, are always tweaking our fried chicken. Did you use peanut oil, or don't you think it matters?

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  3. Jennifer: we've tried the soaking in buttermilk and soaking in milk ways and this just came out better! In our opinion, anyway.

    Rebecca:
    We just used vegetable oil. I find that peanut oil has a tendency to upset my stomach. Vegetable oil works just as well.

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  4. Do you suck all the air out of the ziplock bag teh day before or just leave the air in?

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