We finished watched season 3 of Justified during the week – set in Kentucky – there are constant references to fried chicken throughout, that both looks and sounds so delicious. Southern fried chicken courtesy of the local chipper is tasty but calorie laden and you can’t always be sure of the quality of the chicken you are getting.
I decided to make fried chicken myself – looking online there were so many recipes so I cobbled together a few different ones and this seems to work out well … (still not good for calorie counting but amazingly yummy!).
6 chicken thighs and/or legs
110g plain flour
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
Pinch of Salt
1 Large Egg, beaten
350ml hot vegetable or sunflower oil to deep fry
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
De-skin your chicken (this is important as the batter will not take to the skin properly and it won’t taste nearly as good).
Beat the egg in a bowl and in another bowl add the flour and paprika, pepper and salt (add more or less spices as you wish for taste).
Heat the oil in a deep, heavy- based saucepan. (Hot oil can be dangerous – don’t leave it unattended)
Take each piece of chicken and dip in the flour mixture, then into the egg and then back into the flour so its fully coated.
Place the chicken pieces, a couple at a time, in the oil and deep fry about 3 minutes, until golden.
As you take the chicken out of the oil, place onto kitchen roll or paper napkin.
Once your chicken is all deep fried, put the pieces on a baking sheet and into a hot oven for about 15 minutes to finish cooking.
Serve on their own, with chips, with a salad (if you want to balance out the deep friedness!)…and Enjoy!