Last week the wonderful Zac Brown Band announced that they would be coming to the Rogers Center in Toronto on July 13th!
So we wanted to give some tickets away, but how??
We thought why not have a little “Fried Chicken Off”
Listeners sent us hundreds of recipes and man oh man was this a hard one!!
We narrowed it down to 2 people, Amanda and Jess.
And this morning!! We had a little Chicken-Off!!
Here are the recipes:
Step 1: Crack a cold beer
- Chicken wings, drumsticks, breasts (whatever your favourite is really). Just make sure they are bone-in and skin on
- 1 lb all purpose flour
- Solid Crisco (you are having fried chicken so don’t try to healthy it up with this coconut or olive oil business. Have some damn Southern fried chicken and use straight up Crisco)
- Kosher coarse ground salt
- 4 cups buttermilk
- 2 brown paper bags (no these aren’t in the chicken but they’re great for shaking the bee-jeezus outta that chicken)
- Garlic Powder
- Red Pepper
- Black Pepper
- Louisiana Hot Sauce
- **If you really want a kick – add some Slap Ya Mama seasoning to this too (https://www.amazon.ca/Walker-Sons-Cajun-Seasoning-16-Ounce/dp/B000MTTLZ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516041370&sr=8-1&keywords=slap+ya+mama)
- Wash all the chicken and drain it well in a colander in the sink.
- Pour the all purpose flour in one brown bag and set aside.
- Place the washed chicken in a flat bottom container and pour the kosher salt on it. Make sure to cover both sides.
- Put the chicken covered in salt in the fridge for one hour.
- Crack another beer (figure you’re probably due for another).
- Remove the chicken from the fridge, shake off the extra salt and put it in a large Ziploc bag.
- Mix the buttermilk and seasonings in a separate dish. Mix all of this to taste, once you’re satisfied with how it tastes pour it all into the Ziploc bag with the chicken.
- Put the chicken in the Ziploc back into the fridge for another hour.
- You’re probably getting thirsty again so have another beer!
- Take the chicken out of the fridge, dump out all the buttermilk and place the chicken on a wire rack with paper towels underneath and let it come to room temperature. (I’m assuming you don’t like raw chicken so this step is VERY important to ensure consistent temperatures while cooking).
- Once your chicken is at room temperature get that Crisco into your extra deep iron skillet and heat it to 350 degrees – this is fried chicken hun and fried chicken belongs in an iron skillet!
- Put each chicken piece into your brown bag that has flour in it one at a time and then fold the top of the bag so it’s closed. Now here comes the fun part – shake it up until each piece of chicken is covered in flour.
- Once the chicken is coated in flour, place each piece into the hot oil carefully so you don’t get splattered.
- Cook on each side for about 15-18 minutes until golden brown. If you have a meat thermometer check each piece in the thickest part to ensure the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
- Remove the chicken from the oil once done and (here’s the healthy part) place on the other brown bag to drain the excess oil off the chicken.
- Crack another cold beer, turn the radio up and enjoy some chicken fried!
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 lb chicken wings, chicken legs or chicken breast
Roulette Doritos( for extra kick)
vegetable oil for frying
Wash your chicken and dry it with paper towels. In a bowl mix the liquid ingredients and spices, so the buttermilk, eggs, paprika, hot sauce, salt and pepper and mix really well. In another bowl, combine the baking powder and baking soda, and then whisk into the buttermilk until it becomes foamy.
In a shallow dish add the flour alongside the buttermilk mixture.
First dredge the chicken in the flour on all sides, then dip into the buttermilk mixture and make sure it’s coated well all around. Place the chicken in flour one more time, then place the chicken on a plate, and repeat with all chicken pieces. So it’s easy, flour, buttermilk, Doritos. If your flour gets too dirty just throw it out and start with fresh flour.
In a frying pan, heat lots of oil, at least an inch. Make sure the oil is hot enough. Do not put too many pieces at once, leave enough room in between the chicken, because you don’t want them to stick together.
Here is how it went! 😉