Fried Chicken – Take One
|February 27, 2011||Filled under Chicken, Main Dish|
In honor of the Academy Awards tonight I thought I would post the first take of this recipe. Actually, I really debated about posting this recipe for Fried Chicken. I have only attempted this dish 3 or 4 times total. But there was a great sale on chicken legs last week and I went a little crazy, buying two 3 lb packs. My girls love chicken legs and my husband loves anything fried so I thought “why not” and decided to give it a try. I pulled out the dusty card from the back of the poultry section in my recipe box.
So why did I debate about posting? Well, it doesn’t taste like KFC or Smithfields BBQ (for those Carolina dwellers). The crust was thick and crunchy but it was not quite as flavorful as I had hoped.
So why am I posting anyway? I served up the fried legs with sliced peaches and mac-n-cheese and watched in awe as my family devoured it, asked for seconds and devoured those too. I made the comment that I thought maybe the chicken needed more seasoning. My oldest daughter replied “yeah, it is missing a little something” in barely audible speech as her mouth was full of her second leg. Plates were cleaned of seconds and compliments flowed like milk and honey. I have 3 eaters ranging from mildly picky to very picky so I am proudly declaring this recipe a SUCCESS!
For that reason I am sharing. But this recipe comes with a promise from the Lunch-Lady; I will keep working on it and update as it gets better.
- 1.5 cups shortening
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup pancake mix (Bisquick)
- 1 tsp each salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, paprika and nutmeg
- 2-3 lbs chicken legs, thighs or breasts
Putting It All Together
- Heat shortening in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Combine flour, biscuit mix and seasonings in a large Tupperware bowl.
- Place chicken pieces, two at a time, into bowl. Put top on bowl and shake vigorously to coat chicken.
- Place chicken in skillet and fry over medium high heat until pieces have slightly browned on both sides.
- Remove chicken to paper towel covered plate and repeat steps 3 & 4.
- Turn heat to medium low, cover skillet and cook for 25 minutes.
- Remove lid and increase heat again to medium high.
- Fry until chicken is a deep golden brown and juices run clear.
This chicken could be great served with a creamy ranch or sweet & sour sauce. Mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and salad are great side options for this dinner.by