That means, to a Sicilian, it beat homemade spaghetti and meatballs. The significance of this cannot be overstated.
This wasn't the most heart-healthy meal, but, we so rarely eat fried things or heavy cream that I felt ok about the splurge. The chicken, thanks to the Sriracha, has a great spicy taste to it, without being overpoweringly spicy.
Kickin' Fried Chicken
1/2 a chicken (or 4 various pieces)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1 t paprika
1 t cayenne
2 cups buttermilk*
2 T Sriracha
3-4 cloves garlic, rough chopped
1/2 T rosemary
*Because we're on a limited budget, and buttermilk isn't something to just keep on hand, I use the powdered buttermilk you can find in the baking aisle. It's a great alternative.
1. Put the chicken in a large mixing bowl and completely cover with water. Add 2 t salt to the water and allow the saltwater to brine the chicken overnight.
2. Mix well the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cayenne in a medium mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3. In another mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk and Sriracha. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Drain the chicken and pat it dry. Dredge in the flour mixture, then dip into the buttermilk mixture.
5. Put about 3 inches of oil into a large cooking pot. Add the remaining herbs and garlic and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil comes to 350 degrees, it's ready. It would be helpful if you have a thermometer for this. I don't. So I guessed.
6. Slowly drop the chicken into the oil and fry until golden brown, turning once. (Mine took about 18 minutes, but that may have been because the oil wasn't warm. Keep an eye on it!)
7. When the chicken is done, take out with skimmer or long-handled tongs, shake off excess oil and lay on paper towels until all the chicken is done cooking.
To go with the fried chicken, I roasted sweet corn in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes in the husk. Once it was done, we just peeled back the husk and tied it in a knot.
I also did some mashed potatoes, but realized I have no recipe to make mashed potatoes. I've used marscapone, buttermilk, heavy cream and sour cream to mix them up, just usually whatever I have on hand. This time, I used heavy cream and butter.
Just call me Paula Deen.
Happy weekend, y'all!