Hurray, the spring semester is finally over! We don’t have classes again until late August, but we will be working full time this summer. Finally, we don’t have to worry about homework during the evenings and can focus all of our attention on cooking!
Anyway, we’ve been wanting to make fried chicken for a long time now but have been apprehensive. Not sure about you, but making fried chicken sounded intimidating. Recently, we saw an episode of Barefoot Contessa where Ina Garten made an oven-fried chicken. That’s right, she fried and then baked her chicken. So we thought, “Guess that doesn’t sound too bad, it only needs half the frying!”
As it turns out the only hard part about this recipe is waiting for the chicken to bake!
Just for fun, here are some songs we both can’t stop listening to lately. Which of these do you like?
Ina you are amazing!
- Servings – 8 pieces of fried chicken
- Prep time – 20 minutes
- Cook time – 45 minutes
- 8 chicken pieces
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 2 cups flour
- Crisco or vegetable oil (amount depends on size of pot)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pepper
1. In a large bowl or container, cover your chicken pieces in the butter milk. Cover with plastic wrap and then set in the fridge overnight (Please don’t skip this step, here is a good reason why). If you don’t have overnight, let them soak for at least an hour.
2. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. While your oven is heating up, begin to heat up the Crisco or vegetable oil in a “heavy-bottomed” pot enough for a 1 inch layer.
3. Combine the salt, pepper, and flour in a separate bowl or dish. One at a time, remove the chicken from the buttermilk and shake off any excess buttermilk.
4. Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour mixture making sure to cover completely.
5. Once your oil is heated to 360ºF, fry the chicken in small batches (2 or 3 a time) for 3 to 4 minutes a side or until a light brown. Note: the chicken will NOT be cooked through yet!
6. After 1 batch is done, remove the chicken from the pot and place on a cooling rack. Bring the oil back up to 360ºF and repeat with the rest of the batches.
7. Once all of the chicken pieces are fried, place them onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
8. Serve and enjoy!