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Snoop Dogg’s Fried Chicken Is Game-Changing & You Should Make it Right Now

Oh, and don't forget the buttermilk waffles.

December 10, 2018
Photo by Antonis Achilleos and Heather Gildroy

Snoop Dogg might be the world's most unlikely culinary star, but a culinary star he is. The rapper, actor, and producer is no longer just a bonafide hip hop legend, he also has a cooking show with BFF Martha Stewart, where the duo put their own spins on dinner party dishes with celebrity guests like Seth Rogen, Ashley Graham, and 50 Cent. If you haven't given it a watch yet, you must. In no other place will you see Martha Stewart jump out of a giant cake or discuss edibles without skipping a beat.

Now the D-O-double-G is also the author of his very own cookbook, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen. Martha wrote the foreword, of course. In it, she describes how the pair hit it off during his 2008 appearance on the Martha Stewart Show, where they made cognac mashed potatoes and green sprinkle brownies.

Photo by Chronicle Books
Photo by Antonis Achilleos and Heather Gildroy

Even with Martha's endorsement, the lineup is certified Snoop. "From breakfast goodies to late-night munchies," he writes in the introduction, these recipes are inspired by his favorite places to eat around the world, plus some classic dishes from Long Beach City, California, where he grew up. You'll find everything from apple pie to lobster Thermidor (plus, a bologna and potato chip grilled cheese that looks divine), but the two recipes that intrigued me most were his "Get Tha Chip Fried Chicken Wings" and "OG Waffles."

I've always loved fried chicken (especially served over waffles with syrup), but never considered making it before. In fact, the prospect of frying anything in a vat of sizzling-hot oil truly terrifies me. But the idea of chicken wings coated in a thick buttermilk batter and—Snoop's twist—crunchy BBQ potato chips was simply too good to pass up. And the waffles, well, considering I had just picked up the cutest mini waffle maker a few days before, those just sealed the deal. I was nervous to try it myself, but something about Snoop's recipe assured me I could do it.

So I set to work. Because you have to wet-brine the chicken (with a sweet, citrusy combo of sugar, salt, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and orange peels), you'll need to start prepping these wings the day before you want to cook them (or the morning of, at the very latest). But making the brine was easy and got me that much more excited to fry up some chicken the following day.

Not bad for my very first try! Photo by Me

Roughly 24 hours later, my wings were brined and ready. One of the most crucial steps, especially with a wet brine, is to pat all of the chicken dry with a paper towel so the skin isn't soggy and binds to the coating. So I did that and then prepped my batter.

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“My favorite Fried chicken recipe is one I learned from a Aunt of mine while living with her in New York City,it’s a Mustard fried chicken that’s not only delicious but I was taken aback when I heard what she was using,it’s pretty simple but the flavor from the recipe makes this one of my all time favorites Use chicken parts like breast & legs & wings on your first try All is needed is honey mustard regular seasoning suh as paprika,onion salt,black pepper,parsley flakes & regular white flour for coating the chicken Mix a half cup of honey mustard & the seasoning first,then marinate the chicken with one beaten egg dip the chicken into the mustard seasoning mix ,coat chicken parts with white flour & fryin medium preheated cooking oil or olive oil on lower heat if used..you’ll go ya ya over this chicken & surely will having family & friends asking you for the recipe ”
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This was the fun part. I ripped open my bag of BBQ potato chips, crushed them all up, and stirred them into my dry ingredients (a mixture of flour, cornmeal, cayenne, baking powder, and garlic powder). Then, wing by wing, drumstick by drumstick, I dunked each piece first into a bowl of buttermilk before tossing it into the potato chip coating and setting it on a metal rack to rest for 30 minutes. While the chicken wings were drying, I made the buttermilk waffle batter so it would be ready to go.

Finally, the moment I had been excitedly waiting for/fearing: frying. I dumped a quart of canola oil into a Dutch oven and cranked on the burner. After about 10 minutes, I started plopping in little pieces of potato chip to see if they would bubble (scientific, I know) until I determined that the oil was finally ready to test the first wing.

I grabbed my pair of trusty, extra-long tongs and put on an oven mitt in case of any splattering oil. Fully prepared, I placed the first drumstick in and—whoosh!—it began to bubble wildly. I set a timer for eight minutes (like the recipe recommends), but found myself neurotically checking to see if it had burned at least every two minutes.

A surprise to no one, I burned the first one a bit, but I was slowly getting into my frying groove. After a batch or two, I was cranking out wing after wing of golden, crispy chicken, with beautiful potato chip flecks. Once all the chicken was fried up, I whipped up a few buttermilk waffles and took a moment to proudly bask in the glory (i.e. take photos) of what I had prepared (pictured above).

The chicken was perfection—it literally made audible crunches and crackles, and the meat inside was deliciously tender and juicy (thanks to the wet brine). I got hints of BBQ chip in the coating, but truthfully, I'd add way more potato chips to the batter next time (can there ever be too many potato chips?). The waffles had a nice balance of sweet (from the sugar) and tang (from the buttermilk), and they were fluffy, which is all I'm really looking for in a waffle anyway.

I ate until my plate was empty. I was thoroughly stuffed, but exceptionally pleased with myself. And for that, I honestly have no one to thank but Snoop Dogg.

What's your favorite fried chicken recipe? Tell us in the comments below!

18 Comments

Sandra K. December 24, 2018
Can’t keep politics out of anything can we??.....so sad
 
Eric K. December 20, 2018
I'm really bad at frying chicken, which is ironic considering I'm from Georgia. But love this potato chip idea, and yours looks great! You've inspired me to tackle the deep fryer again...maybe this Christmas.
 
Candice A. December 16, 2018
I am thoroughly confused by the pictures in the header, and the attempts you made to make this. These are not the same recipes or someone can't cook. I don't mean to be a jerk about it, but the attempt to make this and the pictures to promote this are not even in the same universe.
 
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Erin A. December 20, 2018
Hi Candice, thanks so much for your feedback. The shot we used to promote the article comes from Snoop’s cookbook (with professional chefs and food stylists involved!), while mine were taken in my kitchen. I love trying new recipes, and enjoyed this fried chicken very much.
 
Sharon December 14, 2018
I’d love to try this...but, in an air fryer. Any thoughts/tips?
 
Lisha December 13, 2018
My favorite Fried chicken recipe is one I learned from a Aunt of mine while living with her in New York City,it’s a Mustard fried chicken that’s not only delicious but I was taken aback when I heard what she was using,it’s pretty simple but the flavor from the recipe makes this one of my all time favorites
Use chicken parts like breast & legs & wings on your first try
All is needed is honey mustard regular seasoning suh as paprika,onion salt,black pepper,parsley flakes & regular white flour for coating the chicken
Mix a half cup of honey mustard & the seasoning first,then marinate the chicken with one beaten egg dip the chicken into the mustard seasoning mix ,coat chicken parts with white flour & fryin medium preheated cooking oil or olive oil on lower heat if used..you’ll go ya ya over this chicken & surely will having family & friends asking you for the recipe
 
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Erin A. December 14, 2018
I'm going to have to try this, Lisha! It sounds delicious.
 
nana M. December 13, 2018
Anyone want to comment on the waffles? I keep looking for a great waffle recipe. is this it?
 
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Erin A. December 14, 2018
This is definitely it!
 
Alicia M. December 13, 2018
I love Snoop, I love his food, I love Martha Stewart, and our President is going to jail where he should be and where Martha Stewart should not have been. And no, in case you want to write me off as a clueless liberal, you would be hella wrong. Strong, Southern, White, Proud, Hardworking, and Honest to a fault. Keep ‘em comin’ Snoop! Go home “tamater.”
 
Billie L. December 13, 2018
Totally agree with every single word you wrote!!!
 
Lisha December 13, 2018
Ha I love your remarks,betcha Trump want get chicken or waffles were he’s going lol
 
tamater S. December 13, 2018
My comment was meant for F52 Admin. If I go, it won't be because of your, (or the others below) opinions. It will be up to the Admin. here. If they put up more Snoop stuff, I'll go, no hard feelings. Snoop was making fun out of murdering the president. Not cool. If somebody did a video of someone you cared for, you wouldn't like it either.
 
tamater S. December 13, 2018
There's no time in my life for Snoop, who I used to love, until he did a video about assenting our president. If I see one more entry by Snoop, it will be the end of 52 for me. Promise.
 
tamater S. December 13, 2018
Damn spellcheck = assenting should be assassinating. Shame on Snoop.
 
Stan-Lease L. December 13, 2018
Though I do come here to escape politics I must concur on this thread
 
Cyd L. December 12, 2018
For shizzle.
 
Brian I. December 16, 2018
Why does Snoop carry an umbrella? Fo' drizzle.