There is nothing that puts a smile on hubby’s face like fried chicken. Okay, maybe dark chocolate, Nordeast beer, fast cars…..but I promise, fried chicken falls into his TOP 10 category!
I am the kinda gal that likes to experiment, even if it is with a tried and true recipe. So, tonight I took my ‘usual’ fried chicken recipe and SPICED it up a bit.
Here is what you’ll need:
1 broiler fryer chicken cut up 3-4 lbs. (We buy family packs of organic legs and thighs-about 4 pieces each)
1 cup buttermilk (I usually don’t have any buttermilk on hand-so I make my own. Pour 1 tablespoon vinegar in a glass measuring cup, and fill with milk until you have 1 cup. Let sit for 10 minutes until it thickens and begins to curdle.)
1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (you can add more if you like it hot!)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 kosher salt
Place chicken in a plastic storage bag and pour in buttermilk.
Let chicken soak for at least 1 hour.
Mix dry ingredients in a shallow dish.
Grease a 9×13 pan. ( I cover mine with foil to save on clean up.)
Remove chicken from buttermilk, one piece at a time, and coat with corn meal mixture. Place on greased pan.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40-45 minutes (Turn pieces over 1/2 way through cooking time-to ensure crispiness on both sides!)
Ta-da!! Crispy fried chicken with just a little bit of heat, and a WHOLE lot of flavor!
Add some rice and dinner is served!!!