Cooking: Fried Chicken!

Today I cooked some fried chicken.  I’ve been desperate to cook something and since it’s harder to cook barbecue in the winter I decided to make something easily prepared indoors.

Why fried chicken?  Well first of all it’s relatively easy.  I don’t and will never claim to be making fried chicken as well as the likes of @motherclucker but for those of you who would like to make something really tasty at home before your next trip to your favourite chicken place… this might be a good place to start.  The good thing about this is it can be adapted to pretty much anything you want.

So what will you need?

Chicken

I used chicken thighs but you can use pretty much anything you like.  They came with the bones but I took them out.  Leaving them in would mean they probably take a little longer to cook.  I also left the skin on because… well why would you take it off?

Spice mix

About 130g of plain flour

1tsp of Oregano

1tsp of Basil

1tsp of Chilli Powder

2tsp of Paprika

2tsp of Salt

2tsp of Black Pepper

1tsp of Thyme

Egg Mix

1 Beaten Egg

1 Cup of Water

Juice of 2 Small Limes


Method

1. First step is to prepare the chicken.  Make sure the pieces aren’t too big.  Can make them pretty much as small as you want but you don’t want the outside to burn before the inside is cooked.  Mix the beaten egg, water and lime juice together in a bowl and let the chicken sit in that for a while to soak whilst you create the spice mix.

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2. Mix everything listed in the spice mix section together into a second bowl.  I wouldn’t worry about putting exact amounts in.  Once you’ve tried it the first time you can adapt it as much as you like.  Like it a little hotter?  Add more chilli!  Don’t like spice at all? Take it out all together.  Experimenting with it is half of the fun.

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3.  Heat at least an inch of oil in a large, deep frying pan (you don’t really want to ruin your fryer).  I used sunflower oil.  The oil needs to be pretty hot but not smoking.  When it’s ready, take a piece of chicken, roll it in the spice mix trying to get as much on as you can.

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Drop the chicken carefully into the oil.  It’s probably best to cook these in batches of 3 or 4 depending on the size of the chicken pieces.  Cook the chicken until the skin is nice and crispy and the chicken is cooked through.

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 Make sure you turn the chicken at least once to make sure it gets crispy on both sides.

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5. Put the chicken on a plate, wait as long as you can resist so that you don’t burn your fingers and dig in!

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I know these are probably not the best pieces of a chicken in the world but I really enjoyed cooking and eating them.  I don’t really think you can go far wrong with some good fried chicken.

If you have a good recipe for fried chicken or anything else for that matter…. Let me know because I want to try it!


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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66

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