A couple of weeks ago, Scott and I found ourselves working the day shift together for a full week and a half. And you know what that means? It means dinner together, every night. And do you know how rare that is? Very rare. So the Monday before it all began, we plotted out our week in dinners. Call us nerds, if you must, but I thought it was brilliant. Wednesday was going to be our day off, and so we declared it Fried Chicken Wednesday. And oh, how we looked forward to it. And oh, was it worth it! It’s pathetically easy to make really. good. chicken. And Scott has got it nailed.
It looks a little something like this.
Scott’s Fried Chicken
First he cut up a whole chicken into 8 pieces, and liberally salted the pieces with kosher salt. Then they hung out in the fridge overnight.
The next morning, I picked some sage and marjoram from the garden. Scott poured about a cup of buttermilk into a zip-lock bag, added the herbs, a chili pod, salt, and two huge garlic cloves, gently smashed.
Then he added the chicken pieces to the bag ‘o’ buttermilk, smushed it all around, and left them to marinate for the day.
When dinner time rolled around, we poured about 2-3 inches of vegetable oil into our 8-quart dutch oven, and heated it to 350 degrees. (Yes, we love our thermometer and use it all the time!).
As the oil heated, he poured all-purpose flour into a 9×11 pyrex baking dish, removed the chicken from the buttermilk, and coated the pieces in the flour. Then he set them on a tray to wait for “the plunge”. (By the way, he also removed the sage leaves from the marinade, and coated them in the flour too. Brilliant, really.)
When the oil was hot, he added three pieces of chicken (adding too much chicken will cool down the oil too much) and fried them, turning them as needed, until they were done. You can check to see if they’re done by poking a paring knife in to the center of the meat. If the juice runs clear, they’re done. On to the serving platter they went with a sprinkling of salt.
Oh gosh. It was good. Really good. And the battered sage leaves……….