For this past Qwerty dinner the one thing I knew I wanted was Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and what goes better with biscuits than fried chicken?
I had never *really* attempted fried chicken before; I think I half-assed it once and it turned out so poorly that I didn’t want to try again.
This felt like the right time to give it a shot though, so brushed off my Google-fu, got some temperature/time approximations and just went for it.
Besides for briefly setting the kitchen on fire with a silly oil spill over, this recipe really worked out well. The chicken was cooked perfectly and turned out so crispy and delicious, I don’t know what had me nervous in the first place!
- 6 pounds chicken drumsticks (or other favorite chicken parts)
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons Franks Red Hot, or any other hot sauce
- 3 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- Oil for frying
- Place the drumsticks in a large plastic bag (or divide between two) and pour in the buttermilk and hot sauce.
- Seal the bag and massage so that the hot sauce and buttermilk mixes and coats the chicken.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Heat about 1½ to 2 inches of oil in a large deep pan to 330 degrees.
- Mix the flour with all the spices together in a shallow baking dish and using tongs and a fork, take the drumsticks out of the bag, place in the flour and completely coat.
- Place off to the side until all the chicken is prepped.
- Once the oil is heated, carefully place the drumsticks in a single layer in the pan (you may need to do two batches) and cook for about 25 minutes, turning them over once about 10 minutes in.
- Maintain the heat at 320 degrees, and remove once an instant read thermometer in the meat reads at least 165 degrees.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…