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Milk Fried Chicken

Milk Fried Chicken

A problem that sometimes comes up with fried chicken is this – If you just fry it until the crust is the perfect golden color the chicken might be left under done, and if you fry  it so that the chicken is thoroughly cooked, the crust might burn. The milk fried chicken cooking method solves that problem.  The chicken is almost completely cooked in the milk and after that it only takes a few minutes to brown the crust. 

 

Milk Fried Chicken

Ingredients:
  • 2 bs. chicken pieces
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cup vegetable oil

For the spice rub –

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. Cajun spice
  • ½ tsp. sweet (or hot) paprika
  • ½ tsp. garlic power
Bring the milk to a boil in a pan and add the chicken in one layer. Cover and boil it for 8 minutes (medium heat so it doesn’t boil over). Turn the chicken and cook for another 8 minutes, remove and let it cool.Milk Fried Chicken

Thoroughly coat the chicken with the spice rub and then dredge in the flour. Let rest for 20 minutes before frying.Milk Fried Chicken

Fry in batches until golden brown. Do not crowd the pan. Drain it on paper towels and serve.Milk Fried Chicken

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Dutch Oven Roast Chicken

Dutch Oven Roast Chicken

It’s July and hot in New York but I was dying for roast chicken. We turned on the oven, cranked up the AC and got started. We have an old cast iron Dutch oven. It’s ugly but it works perfectly. You might be temped to cook this recipe at  higher temperatures and for a shorter time, but don’t. Slow cooking leaves the chicken juicy, and the vegetables stew at a leisurely pace in olive oil and chicken fat. It’s worth the wait. The leftovers are great for chicken sandwiches.
Dutch Oven Roast ChickenIngredients:
  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 – 4 lbs.)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 tbsp. olive oil divided
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 potatoes
Pre-heat the oven to 275o.
Dutch Oven Roast Chicken
Rub the chicken with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and coat it with a mixture of the salt, pepper, paprika and thyme inside and out. Stuff the cavity with half of the onion and tie the legs.
Cut the carrots, celery, potatoes, and the remaining ½ onion into approximately one-to-two-inch pieces, toss with salt, and pepper, and the remaining olive oil. Put them in the Dutch oven.
Dutch Oven Roast Chicken
Place the chicken on top of the vegetables, Cover and cook for 1 hour. Uncover, raise the temperature to 375o, baste, and cook for an additional 50 minutes. If the vegetables seem too dry add a half cup of liquid (water, white wine, or chicken stock).
Dutch Oven Roast ChickenDutch Oven Roast Chicken
Let it rest for 10 minutes, carve, and serve.

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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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