I love Paula Deen. I don’t get to watch her show that often, but I absolutely love it when I do. More than that, I have found several of her recipies on my Food Network: In the Kitchen app for my iPhone that are just awesome. The recipe of this evening? Southern Fried Chicken.
I had never made fried chicken before this evening. I don’t know if it was a mental block or me just being a chicken (pun intended), but I had a mental picture of breading falling off in the oil and mangled chicken pieces for dinner. It wasn’t a good image and since I like good food and not a mutilated greasy mess for dinner, I hadn’t just stepped out and tried it. (This is actually something I am working on many different fronts (trying new things), but I will save that for another time…)
I rocked this meal. I tried to think of a way to say this with humilty, but nothing came to mind. So, I will stick with my former statement. The chicken was crispy on the outside, had really good flavor, and was moist on the inside. That is my criteria for a good piece of fried chicken for sure. It was so good that our niece Rileigh (daughter of very close friends), who is 3 and a picky eater, ate all of her chicken in quick fashion. That was more than enough compliment for me!
One of the best parts of this recipe is the seasoning she puts on the chicken. It is the same seasoning that she uses in her fried okra recipe as well (1 cup of salt, 1/4 cup of pepper, and 1/4 cup of garlic powder all mixed together. I really sound like I eat a lot of fried stuff don’t I?) It added just the right balance to the chicken. The heat of the red pepper sauce played well off of the flavor of the seasoning.
How about you? What other recipes have you perfected for fried chicken? I am very excited to get back to cooking. I have some ideas on how to play with the recipe a bit. We will see how it goes.