Fried chicken!! Yesterday we were in the mood for fried chicken. I know, I know… I never prepared it and seldom we fry food in my house. Last night as a result it was another fun experience.
Chicken on hand, the search for the perfect recipe began. In my never ending drawer of recipes I found an old family recipe handed down to us. Perfect!! Just for fun, I decided to look for one with buttermilk. First of all I found a few too many. Therefore I decided to incorporate all of them together, hence preparing my own version of buttermilk fried chicken.
Finally reading thru the family recipe “ Southern Fried Chicken” I realized that I needed shortening, more specifically Crisco. Ok!!! Well!!! that is rather fun curve ball sent my way. I never used Crisco even less know what it looks like. To the supermarket I went, looked for it and purchased my first tin cup ever. The preparation of the recipe was as simple as 1-2-3.
Now to the frying pans. Having so much chicken to cook and having a Wolfe six burners, I decided that instead of cooking the chicken in batches, I used my large skillets and cook all the chicken at once. Everyone out of my kitchen, the cooking started.
Consequently by using three different pans, I must say as a result a most noteworthy eye opener on how so much different skillets cooks. I prefer de Buyer over Lodge or Lincoln for cooking fried food. Better heat distribution, cooked more evenly, took less time, less burning.
Seeing that we were in a Southern kind of mood, seems like natural to prepare creamed corn with bell pepper as a side dish. Green salad a must.
Buttermilk fried chicken definitely will return to grace our dishes and satisfy our soul.
Please keep children’s out of the kitchen, but most of all use a splatter guard for the cooking, Never take your eyes off the pans. Turning the chicken with the thongs rather than a fork, it gives you a distance from the pan. Hence less of risk of burning by splatter.
Southern Fried Chicken - Soul Food
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1258Calories from Fat 900
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 27g169%
Vitamin C 7.3mg9%
Vitamin A 635IU13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Salt and pepper the chicken pieces well. In a paper or plastic bag put enough flour to coat the chicken. Place 2-3 pieces at the time and shake the bag well until all the chicken is well coated
Lay the chicken on paper towel
In a large cast iron skillet over high heat place the shortening. Shortening should be ½ inch deep. When heated but not smoking put the chicken in and brown well on all sides. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.