Monday, May 10, 2010

Tuesday Night Supper Club--buttermilk fried chicken

i am currently reading this novel
called The Help
and it is really, really good
and it isn't about food at all
but there is a character
that is a really good southern cook
and every time she tells her story
there is some sort of amazing meal lying in the periphery
and i admit
although not crucial to the story line
i can't seem to get it out of my mind
so for about a week now
i have had visions 
smothered pork chops
fried chicken
fresh peach ice cream
caramel cake
dancing in my head
try as i might
i just can't shake it
that summer swimsuit season
looms near
gimme, gimme, gimme
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
(printable recipe)
1 whole fryer chicken--cut into parts (or 8-10 of your fave pieces)
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 tsp sugar 
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried marjoram leaves
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp kosher salt
1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
peanut oil for cooking
Clean and dry the chicken pieces.  Place in a large freezer/storage bag.  Give the Tabasco about 5 or 6 shakes into the bag, then put enough buttermilk in the bag to coat all chicken pieces.  Mix it around a bit to insure every piece gets coated with tabasco and buttermilk.  Place in the fridge and let "marinate" for 4 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from fridge about an hour before cooking to bring to room temperature (if it is a very hot kitchen, use your judgement on this).  You do not want to put ice cold chicken into the hot pan, but you also do not want it to sit out for more than 1 hour.  Heat peanut oil in a heavy bottomed pan (i use a cast iron skillet), to about half-way up the sides.  Meanwhile, prepare the flour.  Mix the flour, turmeric, sugar, onion powder, parsley flakes, thyme, marjoram, pepper, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder in a shallow dish.  Remove chicken pieces from the buttermilk and immediately drop into the flour mixture.  Coat evenly and generously.  Drop into the hot oil and be patient. Do not crowd the it in several batches if necessary.  The chicken will take about 10-13 minutes per side depending on the size of each piece. Dark meat takes a bit longer, so put it in the oil first.  Turn each piece only once...and keep the oil below 375..but at or above 350.  Remove from oil and drain on brown paper or other kitchen paper.  


  1. God I'm starving...sitting here working at my desk...and this flashes before my eyes!
    I could literally eat it off the screen. I think I need to hire you as my personal chef.

  2. I'm only three chapters into it. And loving it so far!

  3. jen--the book is gets better and better!

  4. I LOVE buttermilk on chicken. Oh my goodness. I make some yummy strips like that. Maybe I will make them tomorrow and surprise Kaishon :)

  5. Christy, I loved that book and it was the first in a long while that made me cry. And, your chicken pictures also want to make me cry. Can't get this in Italy. I would love to be a fryer, but it's just not in my skill set. I guess you and Mike will have to come over and give me a lesson...

  6. My Grandmother use to dredge her chicken in buttermilk before frying it! Thanks for the memory!

  7. um, yum! Now I really want some fried chicken and mac and cheese. I'll have to read The Help - so many people are raving about it.

    Stopping by from SITS to say hello. Happy Tuesday!

  8. we just read that for book club and we ALL loved it! anne

  9. YUM! Love some good Buttermilk Fried Chicken!

    Happy SITS Tuesday!

  10. OMG, I'm drooling. Our fam has a vacation home in the App mountains and I loooooove going there especially for a little tiny Mom & Pop restaurant that has the BEST friend chicken. I would love to try to make it myself!

  11. haha! i read that a few months ago, and i was thinking the SAME thing about the food. she can come over and cook for me ANY time. except Minny's "special" cake, which you will understand when you are almost finished with the book... ;)

  12. yummy yummy yummy! i luvs me some good buttermilk fried chicken! so dang tasty! I MISSED U! How have u been??


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