13 May 2012

The Ultimate Fried Chicken Recipe

I spend a lot of time searching for THE recipes.  Like, THE buttermilk biscuit recipe.  Or THE pork chop recipe.  The absolute best way to make any given kind of food.

This week, I discovered THE fried chicken recipe.

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Is it good.

The hubby has a sensitive stomach when it comes to poultry.  He can eat some, but if he overdoes it, or eats too much of the fattier bits, he'll end up sick for hours.

The hubby was almost in tears because he couldn't eat more of the skin without ending up sick.  It was that good.

In all fairness, I have to warn you before you continue that this is not one of those healthy, lean chicken recipes.  There are probably enough calories in each bite to keep you going for a week, with a few left over.

That said, here's the link for the recipe.

Crispy Fried Chicken

To summarize with my own notes, for those short on time:

Get yourself a cut up fryer chicken, three or four pounds.  Pour a couple cups of buttermilk into a bowl, and put a couple cups of flour in a freezer bag, along with a tsp each of salt, pepper, and paprika, shaken to mix.  You can probably guess what comes next: Dip each piece of chicken in the buttermilk, then drop it in the bag.  Close, shake, place chicken on baking sheet.  Repeat with all chicken.  When you're done, let the chicken sit there until the coating has turned to a paste.  (According to the recipe, this is very, very important!)

Fill a large skillet about a third full with oil.  (Don't go any more than that, or you're going to end up with oil all over your floor when it overflows.)  Get it really, really hot, not quite smoking.  Plunk the chicken in there and brown both sides really well.  (It's going to bubble and hiss and generally freak out.  Don't be alarmed.)  When your chicken is brown, turn down the heat to medium-low and cover.  Let cook for thirty minutes.  When this is done, get the oil really hot again and cook the chicken until the skin is crispy.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.  (Lots and lots and LOTS of paper towel.)

And you're done!  We ate our chicken with a big bowl of sweet corn, and turned some of the leftovers into chicken salad the next day.  Dh brought the rest with him to work and fed a buddy.  This chicken is very, very popular.

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