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  1. chefmoseley

    chefmoseley Member Gold Member

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    Ok I know that it can't be too hard but I've never made fried chicken. I stopped at a local farm stand and bought corn and snap beans and I really want to make fried chicken and mac n cheese to go with it. Any tired and true tips and recipes would be appreciated :)

    Thanks,
    Amy
     
    Aug 11, 2009
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  2. leftymac

    leftymac Veteran Member

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    I've made fried chicken several times and am convinced it's just better off being purchased. No matter the method I try, it doesn't come out as flavorful as I'd like it to be.

    You want to stand over hot oil in this heat? More power to ya! :)
     
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  3. chefmoseley

    chefmoseley Member Gold Member

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    I don't really want to stand over hot oil in this heat but I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and cravings call :) lol
     
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  4. leftymac

    leftymac Veteran Member

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    If I were 7 1/2 months pregnant and craving fried chicken my arse would be going to Popeye's. :)
     
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  5. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    LOL! I have to agree with Keith that fried chicken is one of those things that never seems to be worth the bother. But if it doesn't have to be actually FRIED, the chicken in the Weekday Dinners cards (Parmesan-crusted chicken) is close to a traditional fried chicken, because it has a crunchy breading. And you can jazz it up by adding Cajun seasoning to the breadcrumb/parm mixture. (plus, it's not deep fat fried, so it's a little healthier)
     
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  6. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

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    My mom always made fried chicken this way:

    Bread the chicken using flour, then egg then seasoned bread crumbs (I think she always used Progresso).

    Then she would pan fry in some oil - enough that there was a good amount on the bottom of the pan, but not anywhere near an amount that would be considered deep frying. I am picturing about 1/4 - 1/2" of oil in the pan. She would fry up the chciken pieces intil nice and brown and crusty, turning as needed to get all sides.

    Then she would stick all the pieces in a baking pan and bake in the oven.

    DH LOVES her fried chicken. It is not the same as what you would buy at KFC or somewhere like that...but DH still craves it.

    I guess I should learn to cook this for him :)
     
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  7. Aun

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    This is my mother-in-law's recipe for fried chicken legs. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work for whatever type of chicken pieces you have, even if it's not legs.

    This recipe is awesome! The chicken ends up with a light, crispy crust but still really moist and juicy from the slow cooking. It's one of my favorite things that she cooks.

    Fried Chicken Legs
    1 package chicken legs
    ΒΌ C. oil
    1 stick butter or margarine
    Flour
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste

    Remove skin from chicken. Mix flour, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken in flour mixture. Add butter and oil to frying pan, heat until oil is hot (but not splattering) and butter is melted. Add chicken to hot oil and butter. Cover, brown one side, turn, cover again, and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for 1 hour.
     
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  8. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    Publix has the best fried chicken!

    They have a sign in the deli that says : "If the Colonel's chicken were as good as ours, he'd have been an Admiral" LOL mmm mmm good
     
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  9. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    This is how I make fried chicken except that I add butter with the oil - about 1/3 oil and 2/3 butter. Any bread crumbs work. Sometimes I use plain and then add one of our seasonings instead of using the seasoned. Frying time is just about 30 minutes and then baking time is 30-40 but it's still a fairly quick, healthier, less expensive alternative to KFC or other fast foods. ...by the time you drive over and wait in line you've used at least half that time anyway and your budget and waisteline will feel the difference.

    I use the dipping trays with this recipe. YUM!
     
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  10. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

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    You know, my mom might have added butter to the oil...I will have to ask her. The times you mention seem about the same too. She makes a whole 9x13 pan full and saves the rest for leftovers.
     
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  11. taterbug

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    An older lady at our church makes the best fried chicken I have ever eaten; this is her recipe:
    chicken
    oil
    eggs, 1 or 2 beaten
    ice water in a bowl
    flour
    Remove skin from chicken. Put in ice water for about 5 minutes, then put in bowl with beaten eggs to soak. Salt and pepper. Have grease hot in skillet. Roll chicken in flour and put in skillet to cook. When done, remove and put on paper towels to drain.

    The first time I ever fried chicken I used this recipe and it was delicious! I am not sure what the ice water does, but I did it anyway.
     
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  12. nikked

    nikked Senior Member Gold Member

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    The best fried chicken I've made was based on a recipe I saw on Julia Child (when she was having guest chefs on). They marinated the chicken in buttermilk and seasonings overnight, then double dipped (dip in flour with seasoning, dip in egg, redip in flour). Then fried...I've never been able to find the exact recipe, but usually Tony Sacherys (spelling?) (Cajun Seasoning), salt and pepper...if i'm in the mood for extra spice, I'll add a little hot sauce to the buttermilk.

    The buttermilk makes the chicken taste SO GOOD, and it really tenderizes the meat. I am NOT a buttermilk fan (my mom CRAVED the stuff when she was pregnant and drank too much of it I think!!! hehehehe), so was nervous about it, but I figured if Julia said it was good, it must be, and it was!!!!

    HTH!
     
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  13. chefmoseley

    chefmoseley Member Gold Member

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    Just wanted to say thanks for the recipes :) Everything was YUMMY!!!! KAM I used your recipe for the chicken and the kids and hubby really enjoyed it :)
     
    Aug 13, 2009
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  14. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

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    I am so glad to hear that it turned out!!:) I'll now have to try it myself. I watched my mother make this for years - but never tried it.
     
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