Fried Chicken Tips
Buttermilk was traditionally made by churning butter. It was the milky byproduct left over from doing that. Today it is made from skim milk, live cultures, lactose, water and a tiny bit of butterfat.
Marinating chicken pieces in buttermilk overnight or for several hours before making your favorite fried chicken recipe is strictly optional but many people would say it is well worth doing. Buttermilk not only gives your chicken a fantastic flavor but it also helps to tenderize the meat and make it soft and delicious.
If you are looking for a real southern fried chicken experience, soak your chicken in buttermilk before you fry it and you will be able to tell the difference. Once you have tried this approach to making the best deep fried chicken recipes you will want to use buttermilk every time. Continue reading
Fried chicken is easy to make but if you haven’t made it before it is handy to know a few tips before you begin. If you are new to making fried chicken recipes, use a big heavy pot rather than a skillet. A skillet has lower sides and can spit and splatter, so stick with the pot until you get use to cooking in oil for safety’s sake. Use a two and a half pound fryer if you are cooking a whole chicken. Small pieces cook better and faster than bigger ones and you want your chicken to cook all the way through, to be safe.
An instant-read thermometer is a good idea because the temperature of the oil has a big impact on the chicken. If the oil is not hot enough the chicken crust will get soggy but if it is too hot the chicken can burn. 325 degrees F is a good temperature to use but remember the temperature dips every time you add new pieces of chicken to the oil. Cook dark meat before white meat. White meat cooks quicker and will dry out if you cook it for the same amount of time as the dark meat.
How to Deep Fry Chicken
When you deep fry chicken you usually coat it in a batter or crumb coating first. If you are using a breadcrumb coating it is a good idea to leave the chicken on a rack for half an hour so the coating can dry. You don’t have to do this if you are using a batter. Deep fry small pieces of chicken because bigger pieces take too long to cook and might not cook properly in the middle. Fill a deep skillet or deep fat fryer half-full with oil and heat it up to about 360 degrees F. Drop a bread cube in to see how hot it is. If it browns in fifty seconds the oil is the perfect temperature to cook your buttermilk fried chicken. Continue reading
Perhaps you have eaten fried chicken at your favorite restaurant and wondered how exactly to achieve the same southern style flavorings when you make your own recipe for easy fried chicken.
This dish just melts in the mouth and fried chicken is something that a lot of people enjoy at fast food restaurants without attempting to make themselves at home because they assume it is a difficult recipe.
Actually nothing could be further from the truth. Southern style easy fried chicken is simple to make, even if you are new to making fried chicken recipes or new to frying altogether! To make the most mouthwatering and tasty fried chicken recipe, you simply need to find one of the best fried chicken recipes and follow it.
See How Easy It Can Be?
To sum up, you will need chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks or a combination) and an egg mixture, along with a flour mixture. Combining egg with milk, salt and pepper will make a good egg mixture and you can use seasoned flour or plain flour. Dip your chicken in the egg mixture, then in the flour mixture, and fry it until it is cooked through. Continue reading
Sometimes it is nice to make a traditional fried chicken recipe with a thick and crispy batter coating, golden brown breadcrumbs or a nice, richly flavored seasoned flour crust. Other times it is good to make a pan fried chicken recipe without this coating.
The crispy exterior is associated with fried chicken and especially famous fried chicken recipes like KFC chicken and the like. However, chicken is incredibly versatile to cook with and you can simply season it or marinate it and cook it that way. Pan frying is the best cooking method if you are not coating the chicken because deep fried uncoated chicken would be greasy since there is no coating to stop the oil soaking into the meat.
Add Seasonings, Herbs and Spices for Flavor
You can use lemon or lime juice as a seasoning for non-coated fried chicken recipes, or another liquid if you want. This adds flavor and it also gives your selected herbs and spices something to stick to. Salt and pepper are used in most fried chicken recipes that call for seasoning but you might like to use poultry seasoning instead. This comes in lots of different flavors and you can also make your own. Continue reading
The best recipes for southern fried chicken are for chicken which is soft and tender, coated in a crispy, crunchy batter or breadcrumb coating. If you are a fan of fried chicken recipes, and most people seem to be, perhaps you are wondering how to make crispy fried chicken every time.
Fried chicken which comes out soggy is always disappointing whereas delicious crispy fried chicken is amazing. You should use fresh or well thawed chicken pieces and rinse each piece well before you start making the fried chicken recipe.
How to Coat the Chicken
Arrange the chicken pieces on a baking tray or in a bowl and season it all over with whichever seasoning you prefer. Heat three cups of oil in a big pot over a moderately low flame. If you want your southern fried chicken to be spicy you can rub some mustard over it. Continue reading
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