Quick Cooking Tips – How to Make Crispy Fried Chicken
How to Make Crispy Fried Chicken
Fried chicken…almost no comfort food dinner would be complete without it. For a lot of people, there’s nothing more comforting and homey than biting into a freshly fried piece of fried chicken, skin all crispy and hot, the meat juicy and tender.
While most fast food restaurants offer their own version of fried chicken, what you probably don’t know or care about these fried chicken recipes is that they are loaded with fat, sugar and salt to make them taste good. Making fried chicken at home will not only be cheaper (especially if you buy fresh, whole chicken at your local wet market), but you can also control the amount of fat and salt that you are cooking with your chicken.
If you think that there’s no way to make home-made fried chicken taste as good as the ones that you can get at fast food joints, here are some quick tips on how to tempt your taste buds:
• If you’re lucky enough to have bought fresh and food quality chicken, all you really need to bring out the flavors is salt and pepper. Coat the chicken in scrambled egg white, then dip it in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. You can deep-fry or bake the chicken to cook it, and still get that crispy skin on the outside.
• Chicken has a mild flavor and can marry well with a lot of herbs and spices. You can make a variety of sauces, rubs and marinades that can work well with chicken before frying or baking, and then remember to coat in flour or cornstarch to really get a crunchy skin.
• If you want to flavor the meat in a unique way, you can marinade it in either milk or buttermilk. Not only does the skin become caramelized and crunchy when cooked because of the sugar in the milk, the skin tends to have a sweeter and milder flavor.
• You can also change the crispy coating depending on the texture that you want. If you want a “rough” coating, you can use breadcrumbs or even ground up cornflakes. If you want a really crunchy skin, then make sure that you use a thick batter (this is even better if you use a cold batter by placing the whole bowl of batter on top of ice water) and a really heated oil. This type of batter works well as a beer or finger food!