Beasley's Chicken + Honey Fried Chicken Recipe

Beasley's Chicken + Honey Fried Chicken Recipe
Staff Writer

Beasley's Chicken + Honey

Chef Ashley Christensen of Beasley's Chicken + Honey in Raleigh, NC shares her recipe for old fashioned, Southern fried chicken. Served hot off the stove or chilled in the fridge, this dish is the perfect summertime entree. 

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Ingredients

For the brine

  • 8  Cups  cold water
  • 1  Cup  granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2  Cup  salt
  • gallon ice cubes

For the fried chicken

  • whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • Canola oil
  • 4  Cups  whole buttermilk
  • 4  Cups  all-purpose flour

Directions

For the brine

Boil the water and add in the sugar and 1 ½ cup of salt, stirring the mixture until it has dissolved to create a brine.

Remove from the heat and combine the brine with some ice in a large, food-safe container.

Place the chicken in the brine, cover, and refrigerate for at least 10 hours and for no longer than 12 hours. 

For the fried chicken

Fill a large, cast-iron skillet half-way with canola oil and heat to 325 degrees.

Fill a paper grocery bag with the flour and the 1 teaspoon of salt, fold the top closed, and shake the bag to combine the ingredients.

Fill a large bowl with the buttermilk. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat the pieces dry.

One by one, dip the chicken pieces into the buttermilk, lift them to drain the excess, then place them in the grocery bag with the flour mixture.

Fold the bag closed and then shake it to thoroughly coat the chicken with the flour mixture, about 30 seconds.

Shake the excess flour from the chicken pieces and fry them in the skillet, adjusting the heat of the oil as necessary to maintain it at 325 degrees, turning each over once, until they are done, about 155 degrees on the interior for white meat and 165 degrees on the interior for dark meat. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
79g
100%
Sugar
19g
21%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Carbohydrate, by difference
453g
100%
Protein
70g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
1063µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
63mg
84%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
864mg
86%
Choline, total
39mg
9%
Copper, Cu
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
59g
100%
Folate, total
613µg
100%
Iron, Fe
60mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
574mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
12mg
100%
Niacin
39mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
1628mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
220µg
100%
Sodium, Na
2669mg
100%
Thiamin
4mg
100%
Water
1239g
46%
Zinc, Zn
13mg
100%

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.