When it’s been raining all day, and you’re exhausted from getting the hard-drive on your laptop (which died unceremoniously for no reason at all) changed, and your feet are aching and your hair is frizzy from the humidity… on an evening like that, when you walk into the house and realize your husband is making perfect fried chicken, and that all you have to do is kick your shoes off and dig in- that’s happiness.
Fried chicken cooked this way is comfort food- for me, anyway. It’s simple, requires ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry (and if not, why not?), and is just awesome.
Perfect Fried Chicken
1 kilo chicken pieces of your choice (I like all drumsticks, piling them up on a serving platter feast-style)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup buttermilk (regular milk does just fine, btw)
lotsa cooking oil. I’m particular to sunflower or safflower, but that’s because I don’t like canola.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, garlic powder and onion powder. In another bowl, put your buttermilk. Heat lotsa cooking oil in a skillet (make sure it covers about 1/4 inch of the bottom of the pan). Dredge chicken pieces in buttermilk then roll in dry mixture. When oil is sizzling hot, place chicken carefully in. Turn after 3 minutes. Remove when golden brown to a bunch of paper towels for draining. Mmm.