Monday, March 14, 2011


Fried chicken, homemade

It was time to take a break from Asian food and go back to the unhealthy, greasy American food. It was time for fried chicken. Target (my favorite store) sells a whole chicken, which is cut up into 8 pieces (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, 2 wings), for 50% off at $3.75. It seems like it's always on sale. Maybe it's only at our local Target, maybe it's a coincidence that it's on sale when I buy it, or maybe it was about to expire in two days. Whatever the reason, check out your local Target if you want to buy some cheap, organic chicken.

6 pieces of chicken (thighs, legs, wings)
1 can cream of chicken
1 egg
seasoning salt
[mix all together and set aside]

1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
[mix together in large zip lock bag]
[add chicken one by one, shake, dust excess off, set aside]
[wait several minutes until the mixture on the chicken becomes doughy]

frying oil (peanut oil is best, if available), enough to cover chicken
[heat oil to 350F and fry 7-10 mins, or until golden brown]

It turned out fairly good. The skin was really crispy and flavorful. The chicken meat was kind of bland if eaten without the skin. But like with most fried chicken, the skin is the best part. There are so many recipes out there that I will probably try another. My next attempt will probably be a one that requires the chicken to soak in buttermilk, along with other spices, overnight. But who knows when that will be as I can't be eating this that often... I'd like to live past 40.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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