buttermilk fried chicken

for the first installment of our food series, jess wanted to try a buttermilk fried chicken recipe that didn’t smack of KFC. this isn’t the usual fare at nook, which is probably one of the reasons it was so appealing to make, plus it was a perfect sunny saturday and we had cold beers in the fridge. what goes best with cold beers? fried chicken. you’ll need:

the brine is in order to prep the chicken. bring all the ingredients to the boil and then let it cool down. soak the chicken overnight (12 hours) and then rinse the pieces under water, otherwise the meat will be too salty. basically the brine just makes the chicken super tender (and boy does it turn out tender…)

now prep your coating – mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, spice, paprika) and divide into two bowls.

pour the buttermilk into another bowl.

from here it’s super simple, dip the chicken into flour bowl 1, then buttermilk, then flour bowl 2…

place the battered pieces on a tray lined with baking paper, thusly:

heat your oil so long, to 160 C / 320 F

when the oil is ready place your first piece of chicken in (sizzle sizzle)

turn the pieces every now and then

you can put a few pieces in at a time, enough to sit comfortably in the pot. frying time is 10-12 minutes…

mmm perfectly crispy fried chicken

let them chill on a cooling tray for a few minutes

garnish with your favourite herbs – jess quick fried some fresh marjoram

nom nom nom!

serve with locally brewed beer, crisp white wine & a simple green salad


bon appetito…

ps: this was much  much better than KFC, obviously.

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  • Reply Koek! Monday 17 May, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    OMG… Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!

  • Reply Sarah M Monday 17 May, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I love the way you laid out the format for this recipe — sizzle! garnish! Very cute! And this looks absolutely delicious. I LOVE home cooked fried chicken!

  • Reply Jess Monday 17 May, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    looks awesome, we’ll do another session soon!

  • Reply Thando Monday 17 May, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Awesome! I’m gonna give this recipe a try…the photos are amazing…looking forward to more of the food series.

  • Reply Thaya Tuesday 1 June, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Flippen awesome rad!

  • Reply Derek Cardigan Saturday 17 July, 2010 at 5:46 pm


  • Reply Paula Thursday 20 September, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Awesome! I’m gonna try this the weekend!!

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