Spicy fried chicken is the perfect summer picnic food, and it’s the best comfort food any day of the year!
I know it’s bad. Like your mama told you not to, but you still did it, and now you’re grounded for a month bad. But I’m not gonna lie, this spicy fried chicken is so good.
The skin, the best part in my opinion, is crispy, crunchy and addicting. The meat underneath the luscious crispy skin is succulent and pulls right off the bone. Each bite is pure, unadulterated, deep fried goodness and every once in a while, I treat myself to a leg or two. But really, who is counting?
If the oil isn’t hot enough the skin can be soggy and no one wants to bite into a drumstick expecting crispy and getting a soft, greasy bite. On the other hand, in an effort to make the skin crispy you can crank up the heat on the oil only to end up with burnt skin and the inside still as pink as the day you bought it. The best way to tackle this problem is controlling the temperature of the oil. It works best for me when I heat the oil to 350 degrees over medium heat. I then cook the chicken for 5 minutes and reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook the chicken for 20 – 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear. I then transfer the cooked chicken to a cooling rack to drain any excess grease.
The result is chicken that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. AKA= fried food heaven.
Note: Please plan ahead when making this recipe. It requires 4 hours in the marinade.
While you wait for the chicken to marinate, make a big batch of biscuits and some potato salad. Maybe some fried apple pie egg rolls for dessert?
Jenn's Food JourneySeptember 30, 2010 at 5:08 am
Everything in moderation, right? I mean it’s not like you eat fried chicken every day!! You can afford it every now and then! I’m with you…the skin is THE best part! Yours looks lovely!
KathSeptember 29, 2010 at 9:01 am
What a fabulous photo of your chicken frying! If I added a few wings to your recipe, my husband would be in heaven!
MichelleSeptember 29, 2010 at 8:11 am
That marinade sounds great. My 11-year-old is a HUGE fan of fried chicken. This would bump me up to mom of the year.
StephenCSeptember 29, 2010 at 7:27 am
The marinade, the proper temp for the oil, these are the keys to what you’ve done, a completely captivating batch of goodness. If you’re curious, my last foray into fried chicken was a “fix” I did to a Cook’s Illustrated recipe. It’s on my blog as “Easier crunchy fired chicken”. I can’t say it’s as good or better than yours, but it was a new approach for me. We liked it just fiine.
Fun and Fearless in BeantownSeptember 29, 2010 at 6:52 am
I recently had fried chicken and waffle at a food truck festival and you’re right, its so bad but soo good!