Is there anything more satisfying than biting into a salty, flavorful, crisp piece of fried chicken? I know I have a particular weakness for the stuff (it’s my post-workout week splurge). Perfecting fried chicken is not easy, and it’s taken me years to create a recipe that I’m fully happy with. Of course, leaving it well alone is not an option, so I created my own twist with saffron. Saffron is used in a lot of Middle Eastern and South Asian marinades, oftentimes with yogurt, and it complements the flavor of chicken amazingly. Fried chicken was my perfect reason to break into the saffron stash. So the reality is that there are a few (worthwhile!) steps here. I marinate the chicken in saffron buttermilk that serves to brine the chicken, make it even juicier, and deeply infuse it with all of the marinade ingredients — a pinch of saffron, garlic, a touch of mustard. Then, I double-dip the chicken to create a super-crisp crust, and let it air-dry while the meat loses its chill. Finally, frying at the perfect temperature ensures fried chicken nirvana — crisp, flavorful, aromatic, tender, and juicy. Enjoy! Click here to see 7 Must-Have Spices.
Some say the best way to marinate fried chicken is in a buttermilk batter, which has acidic components that make the meat tender and flavorful. Unfortunately for those who try to cut calories by "oven-frying," buttermilk doesn't always work. This recipe uses Greek yogurt mixed with mustard, garlic, and seasonings, so that there's not only acid to break down the chicken and make it juicy, but added flavor from the yogurt and mustard. Click here to see more recipes that use Greek yogurt.
Coated in buttermilk and fried until crisp, Southern-style fried chicken is the perfect partner in crime for bacon. A tangy spread of Dijon mustard-inflected mayonnaise keeps the richness of each bite in check and complements the flavors in the sandwich nicely.
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Pancake mix is not just for breakfast, and that was proven when Aunt Jemima decided to whip up a batch of fried chicken using pancake mix. Use the buttermilk-flavored mix and tell guests they’re getting buttermilk-battered fried chicken for a meal they would swear you took you all day to make.Click here for more great back-of-the-box recipes.
Located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District, Foreign Cinema spices up their fried chicken recipe with Madras curry powder and red chile flakes. The addition to sesame seeds in the breading gives the chicken an extra crunch. At the restaurant, the chef covers and refrigerates the chicken overnight for maximum flavor punch.
Two things that seemingly don't go together — in your drinks, no less — end up being pretty delicious in this cocktail. Made by Josh Goldman from Los Angeles' anticipated new restaurant, Mess Hall, this drink was perfect for the Finger Lickin’ Good Fried Chicken Fest. After all, who doesn't want a piece of fried chicken after a sweet cocktail?
Nothing says down-home cooking like buttermilk fried chicken, and this recipe makes it gluten-free. With a light and crispy skin and just the right kick of spice, this is one recipe that will have you coming back for more.
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Others may have differing opinions, but this is what we feel is the perfect fried chicken recipe. We took all of the necessary steps, from buying the right chicken and brining it to carefully creating a buttermilk marinade and seasoned flour. It’s juicy, it’s crispy, and it’s delicious — it’s perfect fried chicken. Click here to see How to Make the Perfect Fried Chicken.
As with many dishes throughout history, the advent of Southern fried chicken was the result of several different events converging. Fried chicken was a West African delicacy brought over to the United States by slaves, the mass production of pork in the South made lard readily available, and the popularity of cast-iron cookware in the 19th century created the fried chicken we now associate with the South.
The key to keeping the chicken moist during frying is to marinate it overnight. Buttermilk imparts a slightly creamy taste to the meat that complements the crispy, savory crust perfectly.