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Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

There’s more than one way to fry a chicken. Some people pan fry and others deep fry. This is a deep fried chicken method.Fried Chicken
Ingredients:
  • 1 chicken – 2 wings, 2 legs, 2 thighs & 2  breasts cut in half
  • Brine
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • ½  tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  • Light oil for frying
Brine – Bring a quart of water to a boil. Stir in a ¼ cup of sugar and a ¼ cup salt and let it come to room temperature.
Equipment – A frying thermometer & a wire rack.
Preparation:
Put the chicken in a zip-lock bag, Pour in the cooled brine and refrigerate for 10 hours or overnight. Remove the chicken and let it dry slightly.
Pour the buttermilk into a bowl. In a large dish.mix the flour with the salt, paprika, and black pepper.Fried ChickenCoat the chicken with the flour. Shake off excess and then dip it in the buttermilk. Let excess buttermilk drip off and then coat the chicken with flour again. Place it on a wire rack and let dry for half an hour.

Fried ChickenHeat the oil to 350°. When you add the chicken pieces the temperature will fluctuate a bit. Try to keep it around 300-325°. Don’t crowd the pot. Cook the pieces for 5 minutes on one side, turn over and 8 minutes on the other side. A little longer for dark meat legs and thighs. Use a fork to turn them and be careful not to scrape off the coating. After you make this a few times you can judge doneness by color.
Drain chicken on a wire rack. Allow it to cool before serving.
It’s just right as it is but if you want to add a spark try some Nashville Hot Sauce on your chicken.Fried ChickenMix all of the ingredients together while the oil is hot and apply it to the chicken pieces with a pastry brush.

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The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

 

The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

Hailed as “One of the year’s more engaging cookbooks...” by the New York Times, the book has sold well over 100,000 copies. 

“…a one of a kind collection of heartwarming stories and authentic recipes that you’ll want to have for your cooking library…these recipes recall special memories of far away lands or of dearly loved relatives…much more than a recipe compilation, it is a personal journey with stories and reminiscences that will touch your heart.” ~ Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book Club


Arroz Con Pollo – adapted from the Ellis Island Immigrant Cook Book

The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

Ingredients:
  • 3 lbs. of chicken pieces (I used breasts and thighs cut into smaller pieces)
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper sliced thinly
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded & chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cups hot chicken broth divided
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 tsp. saffron
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. salt
Equipment – You’ll need a large oven proof pan with a cover for this. Mine is 15 inches. If you don’t have one that big, cut the recipe in half.
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 325°. Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the chicken until golden brown. Do same to pork and remove.
Sauté the pepper and onion in the drippings until the onions are transparent. Add tomato, parsley, garlic and bay leaf. Mix well and cook until soft. Set skillet aside.
Add the chicken and pork to the pan with the vegetables. Take 1 cup of broth and dissolve the saffron in it. Add the wine and lemon juice to the broth and pour this mixture into the skillet over the chicken and pork. Cover and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook
Add the rice between the chicken pieces. Add the remaining 2 cups of broth. Stir carefully. Bring to a boil. Cover and place in the preheated 325° oven for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is done.  Remove, let stand 15 minutes covered.The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook

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Chicken with Vinegar, Raisins and Onions

Chicken with Vinegar, Raisins, and Onions

Chicken with Vinegar, Raisins, and Onions  – An interesting combination of flavors – with kind of a sweet and sour finish.

Chicken with Vinegar, Raisins, and Onions
Boil the onions in salted water for about 5 minutes. Remove and place them in a bowl. Fry the pancetta in a pot until it browns. Remove and place it in a separate bowl.   
Add the boiled onions to same pot with the pancetta fat and cook until they begin to brown. Add garlic and cook for about 3 minutes. Transfer onions and garlic to bowl with pancetta.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add the chicken to pot starting skin side down and cook, turning, until browned. Transfer to bowl with onions.

Pour off the fat from pot and return to medium-high heat. Add both vinegars to the pot and bring to a boil and deglaze. Add broth, raisins, bay leaves, browned chicken thighs, pancetta, onions, and garlic to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until chicken is fork-tender, 25 – 30 minutes.
Remove the chicken and onions to a platter.  Continue cooking the sauce for another few minutes so it reduces. Spoon the sauce over chicken and onions and serve with pasta or rice.

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Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

 

I adapted this from an Alison Roman recipe that I found in the Food Section of the New York Times.

Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

 

Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

Mix the lemon and shallots in a bowl with salt and black pepper. Season the room temperature chicken with salt and black pepper. Cook, turning until both sides are deeply browned. Remove the chicken to a bowl and leave all the fat behind.Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon
Add the lemon shallot mix to the pan and cook until the lemon starts to brown.

Chicken with White Beans, Spinach and Lemon

Add the spinach to the pan with salt and black pepper and a 1/3 cup oil, cover and lower the heat until it starts to wilt.  Add the beans and mix gently so you don’t mash them. Return the chicken to the pan for a few minutes and serve.

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Persian Fried Chicken

Persian Fried Chicken

Persian Fried Chicken

Persian or more accurately, Iranian cuisine is more than just kabobs. Iran covers deserts and snowy mountains and its cuisine is just as varied as its landscape.

Persian Fried Chicken

Persian Fried Chicken

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Soak saffron in 2 tbsps. warm water for 10 minutes. Crush with the back of a spoon and combine saffron, garlic and yogurt in a large bowl. Whisk until blended and smooth.Persian Fried Chicken
Add chicken, coat with yogurt mix, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In a large dish, mix flour, paprika, half of the mint, salt and pepper. Shake off excess marinade and coat the chicken pieces in the flour mixture.Persian Fried Chicken
Shake off excess flour and fry it until golden brown. I got this very large frying pan at a restaurant supply store. If yours isn’t that big, don’t crowd the pan – fry in batches if you need to. Be generous with the oil. It should come up to about 1/2 way to the thickness of the chicken pieces. If you’re using a thermometer, the internal temperature for thighs should be 165 degrees.Persian Fried Chicken
Drain and serve with the lemon wedges and sprinkled with the chopped walnuts and remaining mint.Persian Fried Chicken

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Lemon Chicken Thighs

Lemon Chicken Thighs

This is a simple and quick recipe that I got from Bon Appetite.

Lemon Chicken ThighsLemon Chicken Thighs

Pat chicken thighs dry and season well with salt and black pepper. Place in a large resealable plastic bag and add vinegar. Seal bag and gently massage chicken to ensure thighs are coated in vinegar. Chill 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°. Remove chicken thighs from bag and pat dry with paper towels. The drier the skin, the crispier it will be when cooked.

Place chicken thighs, skin side down, in a dry large cast-iron skillet and set over medium heat. Cook undisturbed until they easily release from the pan, about 4 minutes. Continue to cook, moving chicken around occasionally to ensure the skin is cooking evenly, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.

Set skillet over medium-high heat add garlic and cook lemons, cut side down, until edges are deeply charred about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate and let cool slightly.

Return chicken to the skillet,skin side down and bake until it’s cooked through, 10–12 minutes.

Squeeze lemon juice into a small bowl; add garlic, honey, and red pepper and whisk to combine. Whisk in oil and any accumulated juices on plate with chicken. Strain and season vinaigrette with salt and black pepper.Lemon Chicken Thighs

Drizzle half of vinaigrette on a platter and set chicken on top. Serve with remaining vinaigrette alongside.

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Breaded Roast Chicken Thighs

Breaded Roast Chicken Thighs

A simple recipe – add a salad and it’s a whole meal.

Breaded Roast Chicken Thighs

 Breaded Roast Chicken ThighsPre-heat the oven to 450o. Place the cut potatoes in a bowl, add salt and pepper and enough oil to coat.
Mash and mix butter, mustard and oregano in a bowl. Season room temperature chicken with salt and pepper. Smear the butter mixture over the skin side of the thighs. Press the chicken pieces into the breadcrumbs so they stick to it.
In a lightly oiled baking pan, layer the potatoes and onions and then the chicken skin side up on top. If any of the butter mix is left, add it to the pan.Breaded Roast Chicken Thighs
Bake in 350o oven for 35 -40 minutes or until thermometer inserted in to chicken reads 160o. Heat broiler and broil chicken about 2 or 3 minutes or until golden brown.

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Chicken and Tomato Stew

Chicken and Tomato Stew

This is my version of a recipe that I found in Bon Appetit. It’s easy and tastes like you put a lot more effort into it than you did. The caramelized lemons are a nice touch.

Chicken and Tomato Stew

Ingredients:

Chicken and Tomato Stew

Preparation:

Stew

  • Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper. Let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium-high. Cook chicken, until golden brown on both sides. Transfer chicken to a plate, leaving drippings behind.

Chicken and Tomato Stew

  • Add onion to pot and cook, stirring often, until softened. Stir in tomato paste and cook for few minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring often until onion begins to brown around the edges, about 3 minutes.

Chicken and Tomato Stew

  • Add tomatoes and return chicken to pot. Pour in broth (it should barely cover chicken) and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer until chicken is tender and juices thicken, 70–80 minutes.

Caramelized Lemon

Chicken and Tomato Stew

  • Trim the top and bottom from lemon, perch on a flat end, and cut lengthwise into quarters; remove seeds. Thinly slice quarters crosswise into quarter-moons. Place in a medium skillet, pour in water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes, then drain and pat dry with paper towels. Transfer to a small bowl; sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat.
  • Wipe out skillet and heat oil over medium-high. Arrange lemon pieces in a single layer in skillet. Cook, turning halfway through, until deeply browned in most spots, about 3 minutes. Transfer back to bowl and season with salt. Stir lemon pieces into stew just before serving. Serve with Italian or French bread.

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Spatchcocked Chicken with Vegetables and Gravy

Spatchcocked Chicken with Vegetables and Gravy

Bring the chicken to room temperature. Put the oven rack in the center and preheat to 350o.
Spatchcock the chicken. Sprinkle the chicken salt and pepper and with the chopped rosemary.
Heat a cast-iron pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the chicken, skin-side down, and sear until brown, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken.
Add the potatoes, carrots and onion to a bowl along with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until everything is coated with oil. Add the vegetables to the pan and place the chicken, skin side up on top of them.

Roast for about 60 to 70 minutes. Place the chicken on a cutting board covered loosely with foil to rest for 15 minutes. Move the vegetables to a bowl leaving any liquid in the pan.
Place the pan over medium heat. Add the white wine and deglaze the pan. Add the chicken broth and simmer until reduced and thickened. Whisk in the butter and simmer for another few minutes. Pour the gravy over the vegetables.
Carve the chicken into pieces and serve with the vegetables and the gravy. Sprinkle the vegetables and chicken with chopped parsley.

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Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken

Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken

A simple recipe – not too hot but just enough of a spark to make it interesting. After you put all of the ingredients in the blender your work is about done and then you just let it marinate.

Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken

Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken(Cajun Spice)

Put all rub ingredients in a blender and blend until it’s smooth and liquidy. Place chicken in a bowl and pour rub over it and coat thoroughly – use your hands and really rub that mix in. Cover and store in fridge overnight or at least 8 hours.

Spice Rubbed Roast Chicken

Bring the chicken to room temperature and pre-heat the oven to 450o with the rack in a low position. Place the chicken pieces skin side up in a well-oiled backing pan. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until brown. Legs and thighs need to cook a little longer than wings and breasts.


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