Sunday, February 20, 2011

Homemade Fried Chicken

If you love Fried Chicken, this is the perfect recipe for making it at home.

1 C. Flour
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Thyme
1/4 tsp. Sage
1/4 tsp. pepper
chicken (see note below about chicken options)
Oil or Shortening to Fry with

Pan Gravy Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. Flour
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 & 1/3 C. Milk

In a large resealable bag, combine Flour, Salt, Thyme, Sage & Pepper.
Add chicken (a few pieces at a time) and toss to coat.
Add 1/4 inch of oil to a deep skillet & heat (around 350 degrees is good for frying)
Add Chicken (leave plenty of room to safely turn the chicken), and, brown on both sides.
Reduce heat to very low, cover, and, let fry for 30-35 minutes - make sure that the chicken reaches 180 degrees at minimum to ensure it's done.
Remove chicken, place on paper towels to drain.
Drain off all but about 2 inches of the oil drippings, and, leave all the browned bits. Add flour & salt - stir until blended. Gradually add the milk.
Bring to a boil and cook & stir until thickened (a minute or two).

I love to serve this meal with Mashed Potatoes (covered in the pan gravy), Green Beans & Cole Slaw :)

**This recipe is perfect for budget cooking. You can use drumsticks, thighs, frozen leg & thigh quarters, or breasts. You can purchase a whole fryer chicken & cut up yourself to save even more - but I usually just purchase pre-cut pieces that are on sale, or the frozen leg & thigh quarters at Aldi.

On another note, I suffered a pretty good burn Friday when I made this from grease splatter - so, ALWAYS keep the kiddos away from the stove. In this instance, I just turned the chicken too fast.

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