I have been so hungry for fried chicken lately. The problem with it is that it can tend to dry out while trying to get it done all the way through. One good way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to do what I did to this lovely piece of chicken breast. I fried it until my breading was golden brown and finished cooking it in the oven. It stayed moist and juicy on the inside but nice and crispy on the outside. Believe it or not, this was half a chicken breast cut horizontally. These came from Sam’s Club and tend to be at least a pound a piece. That’s too much chicken for one person and it would never get cooked through without it burning and/or drying out. Chicken shoe leather is not tasty.
I spent pretty much all afternoon in the kitchen. First I made some broccoli cheese soup which I’ll share with you tomorrow. Then I made this winner, winner chicken dinner. The breading is well seasoned with a variety of spices. You won’t miss KFC if you can make this at home. Ready? Set? Let’s dredge some chicken.
4 chicken breasts 6-8 ounces each (no more than 1″ thick. If it is, you’ll need to place between plastic wrap and pound with a mallet or heavy skillet to make thinner)
2 large eggs
Splash of water
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you like it spicy)
Oil for frying
Set up a station by whisking the eggs and splash of water together in a glass pie pan or small casserole dish. In another whisk together all the dry ingredients. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a wire cooling rack on a baking sheet. Put about one inch of oil in a large skillet and turn heat to medium. Using tongs dredge each chicken first in the flour. Shake off excess. Next dredge it in the egg wash. Shake off excess. Then dredge in the flour mixture once again. Set on a piece of parchment paper and continue with the other 3. The oil will be ready when a piece of flour dropped in sizzles. Carefully place each piece of chicken in the hot oil. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until golden brown. Using clean tongs, turn each piece over. Cook 4-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on the prepared wire rack. Save those crispy bits to make gravy! Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Now you have perfectly done fried chicken. Enjoy!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,