Buttermilk brine fried chicken
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- 3 cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup kosher salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 2 1/2 -- 3 pounds meaty chicken pieces, breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- vegetable oil
1For brine, in a resealable plastic bag set in a bowl mix the 3 cups buttermilk, the kosher salt, and sugar. Using a chef's knife, cut chicken breasts in half crosswise. Add all chicken pieces to the brine; seal bag. Chill for two -- four hours; remove chicken from brine. Drain chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine.
2In a large bowl, mix flour, salt and pepper. Place the 3/4 cup buttermilk into shallow dish. Coat chicken with flour mixture, dip in the buttermilk, and coat again with flour mixture.
3Meanwhile in a deep, heavy pot or a deep fat fryer heat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 350°. Using tongs, carefully add a few pieces of chicken to hot oil. Oil temperature will drop; maintain temperature at 325. Fry chicken for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and coating is Golden, turning once. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels. If desired, keep Fried chicken warm in a 300° oven while frying remaining chicken pieces. Makes six servings.
4Note: spicy buttermilk brine fried chicken: prepare as directed, except add 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper to the flour mixture.