Achu’s Crazy Hot Southern Style Fried Chicken

SpicyChickenIngredients:
Peanut oil, for frying (Canola or vegetable oil is fine too if you don’t have peanut oil)
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking powder
Salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp hot sauce
1 egg beaten
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry
1.5 tbsp ground cayenne
1/2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

If you are making Sandwich with fried chicken:
Iceberg lettuce
Mayonnaise -or- Sriracha Mayo
4 Kaiser rolls or good sandwich buns
(Optional) Pickles and chips

Steps:
Season the chicken with salt, and keep it aside.

Arrange things for coating chicken:
Dry mixture: In a shallow bowl or Aluminum foil, mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and Salt (as needed, to taste); buttermilk, hot sauce, egg, and a pinch of salt in another shallow bowl. Mix it until well combined.
Wet mixture: In another shallow bowl, mix buttermilk, hot sauce, beaten egg, and a pinch of salt.

Bread the chicken thighs:
Now, coat chicken with dry mixture by dipping all sides of the chicken in it, then dunk in the buttermilk mixture, then back into the dry and transfer to a plate.

Add oil to cast-iron skillet. Oil should be atleast 3/4 – 1 inch for better deep frying experience. Set to medium-high heat that is needed for deep frying. You can drop a small piece of flour mixture into the pan with oil. It should instantly sizzle but not burn. When the oil is hot and checked as explained above, add the breaded chicken thighs. If there isn’t enough space for all of them, do this in batches.)  Fry for about 4 1/2 minutes on one side. And about 4 mts on the other side after flipping chicken.

While they are frying, combine the cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper in a heatproof bowl.

When you’re done frying the chicken, add about 1/2 cup hot frying oil to the bowl with the spices and whisk until smooth.  Dunk the fried chicken in the spiced oil. (If it gets too thick at any point, just thin out with a little more hot oil.)

If you are doing sandwiches, arrange sandwiches with bun/rolls, lettuce, mayo/chipotle mayo.   Optional: Pickles, sliced Onion, Tomato slices. Serve with Chips or Sweet Potato Fries.

Note: Kids decided to cook dinner on Fridays during COVID lockdown. So, Achu prepared this hot chicken yesterday, and Sanju did the Sweet Potato Fries to go with it. It was yummy. Not the healthiest…but can have this once in a while… 🙂

Sanju’s Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe here: https://shylaskitchen.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/sanjus-sweet-potato-fries-oven-baked/

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