Ok, so one of my occasional dirty guilty pleasures is fried chicken. Usually from a white, red and blue fronted dodgy takeaway, anywhere from Dundee to Dalston.
BUT……I hadn’t made a really good homemade fried chicken til now. This is a treat……a winner…..I think I’ve sussed it…..
I made it for Daniel’s birthday as seemed appropriate on 4th July……So….Southern (East London version) Fried chicken according to me goes like this….for notes on ingredients see notes at end…..
Enough for a crowd this recipe makes about 30 pieces of chicken.
2 kg skinned and boned chicken thighs
about 600 ml buttermilk
2 tablespoons garlic salt
1 tablespoon paprika
lots of freshly ground black pepper
500 g flour
sea salt flakes
1 tablespoon cayenne
Groundnut oil for deep frying
Okay, so cut the boned chicken thigh in half and place in a large bowl.
Mix the buttermilk, garlic salt and paprika together and season well with lots of black pepper. Pour over the chicken and turn all to coat well. Cover and refridgerate overnight.
On a large plate or tray, mix together the flour, cayenne, a good sprinkling of sea salt flakes and more freshly ground black pepper.
Lift the pieces of chicken out of the marinade and turn to coat in the seasoned flour.
By the way, deep frying should’nt be scarey at all. Be careful and just don’t rush it. Heat the oil gently until, when you add a crumb of bread it takes about 20 seconds to go golden brown. (nb. I use a large wok for deep frying, because it works perfectly for me, but also use a wide large, deep saucepan or deep fat fryer if you want.)
Lower a few of the chicken pieces in carefully (just fry a few at a time, because if you add too many it lowers the temperature of the oil and you end up boiling the chicken not frying!) and fry, turning occasionally until golden brown on all sides and the chicken is tender. Drain on kithen paper until not so hot that it will burn your mouth and lips. (though you will probably do this anyway as hot good food is too tempting to ignore…)
All you need now are asbestos fingers, (and mouth!) and while you’re at it some homemade mayonnaise…..and napkins…..
Jobs a dunner!
Thoughts on ingredients
Marinading the chicken in buttermilk really helps to keep the meat moist. Also chicken thighs will be more tender than breast meat. (and a cheaper as a bonus too.) You could use natural yogurt if you can’t get hold of buttermilk.
Garlic salt is just that, garlic (dried) with salt. It’s easily available and usually in the spice section of the supermarket. I was unsure of using garlic salt and you could try using fresh, but I think the garlic salt really makes this recipe.
It’s difficult to give an exact quantity of oil as this will depend on the size of you pan, wok or fryer. A good indication would be to say to a depth of about 3 or 4 cm with enough space from the top to allow the oil to bubble up when cooking. I use groundnut (Peanut) oil as this cooks well at a high temperature. Sunflower or vegetable oil would be ok too.
Of course you could always head to Kentucky Fried Chicken…..my god…….watch this…..those were the days…..It’s nice to feel so good about a meal!……
………….So many things to do. Still not enough time……….
I want to tell you about Daniels birthday.
I want to tell you about fried chicken at Daniels birthday.
Working with Will tmoro….. and Glyn coming round soon.
Biscotten Torte and choc fudge cake.
Flat white peaches.
Boys in nurses uniforms.
Sweetcorn steamed or on the bbq. A revelation.
Very cold glass of white.
Very large cup of tea.
Devendra Banhart playing in the studio.
Go to Berlin in a few weeks to go to Das gross Fressen a food performance by Caroline Hobkinson and Marjia Bozinovska Jones.
Doing a one day bee keeping course…..
Lovely time with lovely people.
Not good with plants.
Is it time for Sweet peas? Please say now…..
What is Kevin thinking?…….
Prawn cocktail crisps….
Music loud in studio…….
truffle with no taste…….
high rise buildings……..
………….no one is really complaining about the weather……
It didn’t rain at Wimbledon.
Becks still looks hot……
sorrel and lemon ice lollies by Bompass and Parr
Blue and white striped dress £18 Sainsburys’ (yes Sainsbury’s)
electric blue tights
Lots and lots and lots of cakes
Shooting in my studio…
Need new fridge badly.
Now own very nice high white leather and cork wedges.