Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Do What You Can Chicken Fried Chicken

If there's one thing we can all agree upon, I'm sure it would be how difficult it is to come up with a new way to make chicken.  There's a reason why the phrase "it tastes like chicken" is synonymous, with maybe, it's just plain.  A good chicken has its own express flavor.  But more often than not, it's just a non-distinct taste.  Nothing that stands out.  This is most often the reason we all love chicken.  Well, met again with a whole chicken, I reviewed our options with my gals.  Anything with gravy was the only answer they came up with.  I took a mental inventory of my kitchen and realized I had a pint of buttermilk.  Why, I cannot remember.

Earlier in the afternoon, I cut up the chicken into smaller pieces and put them into the buttermilk along with kosher salt and white sugar.  When ready to fry, I removed the chicken from the buttermilk and dipped them in flour mixed with garlic salt.  Without my deep fryer here, I used a shallow frying pan filled 1/3 of the way with canola oil.  I fried the chicken until golden, about 7 minutes and placed the pieces in the oven at 425f to finish cooking.  About another 10-15 minutes.  Easier and time-saving given what I had to work with.  
I had wanted to serve the chicken with David Chang's Octo Vinaigrette, but then realized I did not have a few of the key ingredients.  So, instead, I made a basic soy, vinegar, garlic and ginger dipping sauce from my own repertoire. 
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp white vinegar
1.5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vegetable oil
Very much similar to the octo, I actually had a revelation that hey, I've basically been making something exactly the same most of my adult life.  Just slightly different.  

Was this a new way to cook chicken.. obviously not.  Was it a good way to cook chicken?  Yes!  Fried chicken somehow brings out the quintessential chicken.  Crispy skin, juicy and tender and chicken-y.  Do what you can with what you have.  It doesn't have to be fancy to be good! 

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