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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

We're Getting Closer...


You may remember my quest for the perfect fried chicken: It didn't go well.

But a recent recipe may have gotten me a lot closer.

Crispy Spiced Fried Chicken was pretty close to perfect.

So easy to prepare; while the recipe called for 'parts', I cut up whole chicken and Veat breasts, and let them marinate in a buttermilk/salt/chipotle powder mixture. Shake off excess, then coat with flour/chipotle/cayenne. Fry in peanut oil till crispy.

Matt and I were worried about the heat, what with the ground up chipotles, and all.

Surprisingly, what we got was more of a 'warmth' than an 'aaaaah!'. Nice flavor, excellent crunchy coating. Although we noticed an increase in the 'haaa haaat' factor the second day.

But all around, a good fried chicken. And we're already planning to make it again, just so we can turn it into sandwiches!

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At 3:15 PM, Anonymous emily said...

I haven't mastered the art of frying chicken,either.My husband sure wishes I would.lol

At 11:09 PM, Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

hmm...it all depends on what u want as a crispy chicken. It aint easy

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Emily...for me, it's more about the coating than the technique; but if I come up with a winner, I'll let you know!

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

foodcrazee...you're right. For me, it's a crunchy, crispy coating I'm aiming for.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger yana said...

omg...i haven't been here latey! damn. the chicken looks delicious *drools*. i got fat just looking @ it. lol

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Manguesssssss...see what happens when you don't visit? Sensory over-load!

You really should make this a daily read; apparently, you can only take so much each day!

At 5:03 AM, Blogger fooDcrazEE said...

what abt dusting with flour, dipped into egg wash and then coat with flour again ?

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I've actually tried that method, but it just didn't give me enough of a crunch!

At 12:06 AM, Blogger ejm said...

Oooh! I adore fried chicken!! And we haven't had it in ages. That one you made looks really good too.

My grandmother-in-law was from Virginia. Here is our version of her recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken if you'd like to give it a try.


At 12:49 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Elizabeth, thank you so much for sharing that recipe! I will definitely give it a try.

This one was really good. That's Matt's chicken in the picture, which was slightly over-cooked. My Veat pieces were perfectly golden, though.


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