Thursday, July 14, 2011

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

These are the food that reached my dinner table and plate last night. As mentioned in my other blog, I really went home and made buttermilk fried chicken to be eaten with mushroom soup, salad but no croutons. Croutons were replaced with the garlic toast. I planned to make croutons earlier but change it last minute due to time constraint.

On the plate, you can see the fried chicken, apple 'n potato salad, sliced banana and the chilli sauce.

I got the idea to make the buttermilk from watching my 'now' favourite show, 'Chef at Home'. With his simple tagline - Cooking Without Recipe, I just love this show. I tried my best not to miss it if possible. If you missed it, you can still go to the chef's website, Michael Smith. The secret behind this dish is the marinating process. It's just like making the 'Ayam Salut Tepung' but marinating the chicken with the buttermilk somehow gives a different taste which is lovely. Here's how it goes:

Chicken - washed and cut into pieces
Buttermilk to marinate
Multi purpose flour
Salt n pepper
Cooking oil for frying

Making the buttermilk is simple. You simply pour a glass of fresh milk into a glass, add a tablespoon of vinegar and let it rest for about 5 minutes. And its ready to be used as the recipe required.

Next is to marinate the chicken with the buttermilk. As my buttermilk is a bit watery, instead of marinating, I soaked my chicken into the buttermilk and place it in a refrigerator for about 8 hours (as long as the working hours).

In a container (that has a cover), place 2 cups of multi purpose flour, salt and pepper, mix well. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, dry it a little, then, place one piece of chicken and put it into the flour that is in a container. Cover the container with its lid, shake the container so that the flour cover the chicken thoroughly. Do this for every chicken.

In a frying pan (preferably with a lid), heat the cooking oil. Once heated, fry all the pieces. Cover the pan while frying as this will keep the moisture and make your friend chicken juicy. Once brownish, turn to the other side till brownish, and ready to serve.

Simple, easy, delicious and CLEAN. No longer need to purchase instant fried chicken from the fast food outlet. Alhamdulillah .....

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