Who doesn’t like Fried Chicken? It’s a guilty pleasure that when seasoned and made well, is a plate full of joy and happiness. I love fried chicken and while it’s not the best food in terms of health and nutrition, it more than makes up for in taste and flavor. The crispy skin on the outside and the juicy, tender and succulent chicken inside make it a favorite among all people of different race, age or cultures. The story of the origin of fried chicken is pretty fascinating on how it’s transitioned into ‘soul food’ and I learnt most of it from the ‘Fried Chicken’ episode in ‘Ugly Delicious’ (on Netflix). There are many different ways to prepare,season and spice fried chicken. The flavors in this recipe blend very well with the chicken thighs and legs. I chose the thighs & legs over the breast piece due it being soft, tender and oh so delicious when fried!
Chicken thighs and legs-2 each
Chili lime powder-1tsp
Breadcrumbs(with cheese) – 1 cup
All purpose flour-1cup
1)Add the milk and lemon juice to a bowl. Let it set for a few minutes and then it becomes thicker like buttermilk. Add the chicken(with skin) to this and seal it with some cling film. Keep it in the fridge overnight.
2)Next day, on a plate add the breadcrumbs and flour along with garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, chili lime powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
3)Take the chicken out of the buttermilk bowl and coat it with the flour mixture. Coat it well and keep them aside. Let it cool in the fridge for half hour.
4)In a pan, add a generous amount of oil and with the help of tongs, add the chicken to the oil once the oil is hot. Fry on each side for about 10 minutes at medium to high heat. Then bake it in the oven at 400°F for another 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is completely cooked. Serve as shown. Enjoy! 🙂