Thursday, August 7, 2014

Frying Chicken

1 whole chicken, cut up into 10 pieces (2 legs, 2 thighs, 4 breast quarters, and 2 wings)

canola oil for frying

Chicken Marinade

2-3 cups buttermilk

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Chicken coating  

2 cups milk

3 cups flour

½ - 1 tablespoon garlic powder

½ - 1 tablespoon onion powder

½ tablespoon salt

½ tablespoon ground black pepper

½ - 1 tablespoon cayenne powder

In a large bowl enough to fit all the chicken pieces in add the buttermilk, salt, pepper, and cayene. Use your hand to mix and combine the spices with the buttermilk.

Add the chicken pieces into the buttermilk mixture, making sure that most of the chicken is covered with the buttermilk (add more buttermilk if necessary).
Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. The longer the chicken marinates, the juicier it will be.

Take the marinated chicken from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before frying and leave to come to room temperature a bit.

In a large bowl, add milk. In a shallow pan or plate, add flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
Remove a piece of chicken from the buttermilk and dip into the milk, shaking off the excess milk. Then dip chicken into the flour mixture and shake off the excess flour. placing on a baking sheet lined with paper and repeat with other pieces of chicken.

Fill a cast iron frying pan with 1.5-2 inches of oil. Heat up the oil until it reaches 160-170C. Place  the chicken pieces into the hot oil working in batches to prevent overcrowding. Fry the chicken for five minutes until the bottom side is golden, turn the chicken pieces over and continue to fry for another five minutes until it is golden. Turning the chicken pieces over again five minutes more until the chicken is a deep golden brown, cooked through and crisp. This should take around 15 minutes.