Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fried chicken!

I love good fried chicken.  Who doesn't?  A couple of years ago, my son came home with a recipe for fried chicken from his high school teacher.  She had made it for the kids as part of a class project and they raved about it.  My fried chicken has always been kind of mediocre, so I asked for the recipe.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon (yes tablespoon!) salt
any other seasonings you like 
2 large eggs
a little milk
Large frying pan (I prefer cast iron)
About 1" deep vegetable oil in pan

Turn the heat under the pan to medium high to get the oil good and hot.

In one bowl, combine the flour, salt and whatever seasonings you like.  In a second bowl, beat the eggs and add a little milk to make it liquid-y.  Take a piece of raw chicken and dip it into the flour mixture.  Then dip the floured piece into the egg mixture.  Then dip into the floured mixture again. Then put the chicken piece into the hot oil.  Repeat for remaining pieces but don't crowd the pan too much (4 to 5 pieces per average size frying pan).  Once the chicken is all in the oil, turn the heat down to medium.  (Safety note:  throw away or compost any remaining egg and flour mixture.)

Let the chicken fry in the oil for a few minutes and then use tongs to turn the pieces over.  Keep turning the chicken every few minutes as it cooks to get an even browning on each piece.  If chicken starts to get too dark before its done, turn the heat down more.

Let chicken continue to cook for about 20 to 25 minutes.  Check a piece to make sure it is cooked all the way through before taking all of the pieces out.  I do this by taking a piece out and actually cutting it with a knife to check.  Some say to just pierce the chicken and if the juices run clear, it's done, but I have not found this to be a reliable way to check, so I just make a cut into the largest piece to see if it looks done. 

When the pieces are done, use tongs to remove from the hot oil and plate on a plate with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.  Serve with rice or potatoes, salad, and of course, sweetened iced tea and call everyone to dinner!  My husband, who is not a big fan of chicken, absolutely loves this meal!

In addition to being a family favorite, this is a very budget friendly meal, especially if you get the chicken on sale.  I personally like the convenience of the pre-packaged drumsticks and thigh cutlets for making fried chicken, but you could get a whole chicken and cut it up if you're so inclined.

Bon appetit!

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