Fried chicken. The food of the Gods. I really believe that! I can completely understand why fried chicken is the most chosen ‘last supper’ for Death Row inmates – I think it would be mine too, along with a rib of beef roast dinner, a cheesecake (non-baked variety though!), a pint of Guinness and a really good Shiraz! So, not much then! No wonder I’ve just joined Slimming World!
But back to the fried chicken. My husband has been working on this recipe for quite a while, each time he has tweaked the recipe just ever so slightly. When we made it a couple of weeks ago he got it spot on – fried chicken heaven.
Okay, a word of warning here – this is not a healthy recipe in any way, shape or form. It’s part fried, then finished in the oven. It’s HIGHLY calorific and the salt content is not within the recommended daily guidelines. This doesn’t pop up on my meal plan on a regular basis (maybe a couple of times a year), and to be honest it’s not something I would give the kids right now… but, if you are not bothered by any of that, and fancy a Saturday night treat while watching a movie then, seriously, make it, because it is oh so good! Just don’t expect to be able to get off the sofa for quite sometime afterwards. Perhaps have a salad with it as well, and then maybe your arteries will be a bit more forgiving.
- 8-12 pieces of chicken thighs/drumsticks
- 1.5 cups of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons ground pepper
- Half tablespoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 and half teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 eggs
- Dash of milk
- Sunflower oil
- Preheat oven to 200c
- In a large bowl, add all of the seasoning ingredients and mix together well. Put to one side.
- In a deep frying pan add enough oil to fry the chicken (a bit more than shallow fry). Heat the oil until it's hot enough to fry.
- In a separate bowl, crack open two eggs and beat slightly. Add a splash of milk and give a quick stir.
- Dip each bit of chicken into the egg and ensure fully coated, then dip into the seasoning mix, ensuring very well coated in the mix.
- Fry the chicken, in batches, for about two mins on each side until a batter forms, turning carefully to ensure the batter remains intact.
- Once the batter has formed on both sides, put each chicken piece on a baking tray. Once all pieces of chicken are partially prepared, put in the oven for about 30 mins or until cooked properly.