Fried Chicken

By • September 5, 2009 • 7 Comments

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Author Notes: I searched all over for great fried chicken recipes, and ultimately used a lot of ideas combined into this "ultimate" recipe. The baking powder in the coating makes this especially crisp! I like using chicken thigh fillets rather than breasts - they're much more flavorful, and higher in iron, too. And using all-meat means that the chicken is easier to cook through, and you don't have to watch out for bones. annesfood

Food52 Review: Annesfood had us at baking powder. Neither of us had ever come across baking powder in a fried chicken recipe before, but since it’s found in a lot of tempura batters, we were optimistic. We were pleased to discover that the batter (followed by a coating of flour, more baking powder, herbs and spices) does indeed produce an extra crunchy crust. At the same time, the meat remains moist and flavorful, having wallowed in a bath of buttermilk, fresh sage and some other herbs and spices. Annesfood adds another interesting detail: she uses boneless chicken thighs, which allows the meat to cook more quickly, thus preventing the coating from getting too dark. Finding boneless thighs with the skin (a requisite for fried chicken in our opinion) is difficult, but you can easily bone your own by making parallel cuts along the sides of the thigh bone and then scraping the meat gently away. – A&MA&M

Serves 6

Part one: Brine

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless
  • 3 cups buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves, crushed
  1. Mix all ingredients for the brine. Add the chicken, and let it rest in the fridge for about 3 hours.
  2. Remove the chicken pieces and put them on a rack to drain a bit. Don't wipe off any brine though, but try to shake off any large pieces of garlic that might stick. Let the chicken drain for about two hours.

Part two: batter and coat

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  1. Beat the egg and the buttermilk with the first teapoon of baking powder in a bowl. Mix flour, the second teaspoon of baking powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder and thyme in a shallow baking dish.
  2. Dip the chicken pieces in the batter and dredge them with the flour mixture.
  3. Finally, fry in a deep fryer at about 175°C (350°F), for 6-7 minutes or until your chicken is golden and crispy, and well cooked through.

Tags: picnic, savory, Summer

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Stringio

10 days ago Mark Perino

I made this last week and used the Oaktown Spice "Poivre a la Mode" in place of the recipe spices above, plus a little cayenne. Best Fried Chicken EVER!

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10 months ago Gina55164

How much longer does the chicken need to cook if the bones are in?

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about 1 year ago Sarag

Loved this recipe. Had to make it gluten free but it was still shatteringly crisp and wonderful.

Me_2009

about 1 year ago MrsPrincess07

OMG!!! This is the most amazing fried chicken I have ever had! I did make some subs (boneless & Skinless Chicken Breast and made my own flour mixture but added the baking powder). This was amazing! The chicken sat in the brine for about 4 hours and it gave the meat such a wonderful flavor and kept it moist. Even without the skin, it still had that perfect flakey coating. I fried it in batches and kept them warm in a 375 degree oven on a wire rack which allowed the extra oil to drain while keeping the meat hot. I'm not one for leaving reviews on food websites, but I had to do so with this recipe! If this is only a contest finalist, I cannot wait to try the winner. But then again, why fix what isn't broke... this recipe is just that good!

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about 3 years ago MamaIntheKitchen

This recipe is great! I could not find boneless thighs so easily and did not have the time to make my own so I just kept the bones in and let it cook for longer. Juicy chicken that is really flavorful. But it is lacking salt in the batter to make the crispy bits that fall off more tasty. I made a large batch and put some in the fridge. I was still able to restore the crispiness and not lose moisture when reheating in the oven a few days later. Mmm Yummy!

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over 4 years ago Jennifer Perillo

So, I made this tonight and while I really adapted recipe because I was short on time (no brine), the baking powder did indeed produce the crispiest fried chicken I've ever made. Thanks for this stroke of genius.

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over 4 years ago Jennifer Perillo

Baking powder...who knew. Not a good idea looking at this during lunch time. I'm drooling now.