Cook the Cover: Skillet Fried Chicken

When the February issue of bon appetite arrived in the mail last week, I knew that the flaky, crunchy, delectable fried chicken that was featured on the cover, had to be first on my list. This fried chicken was everything that they promised it would be. Filled with flavor, due to marinating overnight, tender, juicy white meat chicken that had the perfect crispy shell. I might be able to give Bojangles' a run for their money with this bad boy!

Source: bon appetite February 2012

You Will Need:
  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tsp plus 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 3–4-lb. chicken (not kosher), cut into 10 pieces, backbone and wing tips removed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cup sall-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • Peanut oil (for frying)

Here We Go:
  • Whisk 1 Tbsp. salt, 2 tsp. black pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl
  • Season chicken with spices
  • Place chicken in a medium bowl, cover, and chill overnight
  • Let chicken stand covered at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Whisk buttermilk, egg, and 1/2 cup water in a medium bowl
  • Whisk flour, cornstarch, remaining 1 Tbsp. salt, and remaining 1 Tbsp. pepper in a 9x13x2" baking dish
  • Pour oil into a 10"–12" cast-iron skillet or other heavy straight-sided skillet (not nonstick) to a depth of 3/4"
  • Prop deep-fry thermometer in oil so bulb is submerged
  • Heat over medium-high heat until thermometer registers 350°
  • Meanwhile, set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet
  • Working with 1 piece at a time (use 1 hand for wet ingredients and the other for dry ingredients), dip chicken in buttermilk mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl
  • Dredge in flour mixture; tap against bowl to shake off excess
  • Place 5 pieces of chicken in skillet
  • Fry chicken, turning with tongs every 1–2 minutes and adjusting heat to maintain a steady temperature of 300°–325°, until skin is deep golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165°, about 10 minutes for wings and 12 minutes for thighs, legs, and breasts
  • Using tongs, remove chicken from skillet, allowing excess oil to drip back into skillet; transfer chicken to prepared rack
  • Repeat with remaining chicken pieces; let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving

Serves 4
Happy Feasting!



RebekahRose said...

Yummy!! I've never tried fried chicken at home before - that looks like comfort food at its best!

The Harried Cook said...

You can bet I'm going to try this recipe soon! Thank you so much for sharing... It looks delicious!

fatpiginthemarket said...

I just got that Bon Appetit issue too. I read it on a plane flight and it was almost too much to bear. I've been wanting some ever since!

Mars (In Good Taste) said...

You can't imagine how delicious this looks to me!