Southern-fried Chicken

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Southern Fried Chicken
‘Kentucky Fried Chicken Bucket’ by Suhita Shirodkar

Enjoyed by millions of people all around the world, this is a simple recipe that we use when on the odd occasion, we decide to make a huge mess in the kitchen and eat with our fingers. As a word of caution please be extra careful when using hot oil, and ensure that you have plenty of space around you when frying to avoid any nasty spills.

Chicken Marinade (Serves 4)
4-6 Skinless Chicken Breasts (Halved Across the Breast and Lightly Scored)
600ml Buttermilk
Medium Onion (Finely Chopped)
5 Garlic Cloves (Peeled and Grated)
25g Pack of Fresh Coriander (Finely Chopped)
0.5 Tsp Dried Chilli Flakes
Tsp Salt

Chicken Coating 
10 Tbsps Plain Flour
Tsp Celery Salt
2 Tsps Ground Cayenne
Tsp Ground Black Pepper
3 Tsps Paprika
Tsp Dried Thyme
3 Tbsps Chicken Seasoning
2 Tbsps All Purpose Seasoning

How to Cook

1. Combine the halved chicken breasts with the marinade ingredients, mix well and refrigerate for at least 24hrs.

2. Combine the chicken coating mix in a bowl and set aside.

3. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and roll in the coating mix until well covered, before refrigerating them again for another 45 minutes to help the coating stick and set.

4. Heat 1-2 litres of vegetable or sunflower oil in a very large pan for about 10 minutes, or until a dropped in breadcrumb turns golden brown in seconds.

5. Pre-heat an oven to 175°C

6. Remove the coated chicken pieces from the fridge and then gently add introduce them to the oil one by one, allowing them to fry until a lovely golden brown before carefully removing each one with a slotted spoon and placing them on a baking tray.

7. Place the tray into the oven and cook the chicken on the middle shelf for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Comments
There’s little need to mention how best to serve what is already a staple fast-food meal for many, however you really can’t go wrong with a nice potato salad, corn cobs and some good quality coleslaw if you like it, and be sure to remember napkins for those greasy fingers too!

Yellow Curried Chicken

Recipes

Yellow Curried Chicken
‘Sunrise’ by Sudrak Khongpuang

Another Thai classic, this is a wonderfully pungent and yet feisty dish that is so simple to make, and yet never fails to impress with those who love their curries with less heat and more sweetness.

Ingredients (Serves 4)
5-6 Tbsps of Vegetable or Sunflower Oil
3-4 Chicken Breasts (Diced)
2-3 Shallots (Finely Sliced)
4 Tbsps Yellow Curry Paste
Tsp Curry Powder
400ml Tin of Coconut Milk
3 Tsps Fish Sauce
Tsp Tamarind Paste
Tsp Brown Sugar
200ml Water

How to Cook

  1. Heat half of the oil in a non-stick chef pan (or similar), add the chopped shallots and gently fry them until they are crisp and golden, after which you can remove the shallots with a slotted spoon and set them aside on one or two paper towels.
  1. Pour half of the coconut milk into the pan, along with the curry paste and remaining oil, and simmer on a low heat while stirring.
  1. Add the diced chicken, fish sauce tamarind paste, sugar and the water, before  simmering while stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.
  1. Add the remaining coconut milk, cover and simmer for a further 30-45 minutes before serving with the crispy shallots on top of the chicken and sauce.

Comments
As with any Thai curry, this is best served with a plain basmati rice, and it goes very well with a crisp, cold beer to offset against the sweet and delicious sauce (which tastes even better when you combine it with the warm fluffy rice). Simply gorgeous.