Friday, 07 January 2011
One of the things I constantly have to fight against at work is cravings. Especially, when everyone around me is always bringing in or ordering in fattening, tasty foods. Usually, I can resist, but this time I couldn't when a co-worker brought in homemade fried chicken. So, I tried it myself.
I went home with the plan to make a "Southern" inspired dinner. I persuaded my boyfriend to pick up the ingredients and I would cook. I was really worried it was going to be a huge project, but I broke out the new pots and pans we received for Christmas and got to work. It was actually A LOT easier than it seems.
First, I went to work with the chicken. I used chicken legs and chicken tenderloins, all white meat. I peeled the skin off of the chicken legs, I am just not a fan of it. This is the recipe I pulled offline at www.allrecipes.com. However, I did cut the recipe down for two, and eye balled what I thought would be enough, because I believe this serves 8 or more.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup water
2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
vegetable oil for frying
- In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salt, paprika, oregano, sage and pepper. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and water. Dip chicken in egg mixture; place in the bag, a few pieces at a time, and shake until coated.
- In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375 degrees F. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy.
- Place in two ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is tender and juices run clear.
*One of the other things I did, was I blotted the chicken after I pan fried it so it would crisp up more in the oven.
It came out excellent. I am definitely going to use this recipe again really soon. Here is what I also included in our dinner:
- Frozen Fries (I wanted waffle fries but we wound up using the crinkled fries).
- Biscuits (I highly recommend Pillsbury, which we did NOT use and some cheap brand instead which wasn't so good).
- Mac N cheese (we actually did wind up doing this but I had wanted to).
- Caesar Salad (Or whatever salad you prefer).
And that was our Southern dinner.
What's your favorite recipe for fried chicken? What's your favorite Southern food? What's your favorite fried food that you can make at home?