Fried Chicken Breast

This is honest to God, fried chicken. It’s juicy. It’s hot. It’s probably not all that good for you, but darn it, it’s wonderful! This recipe is adapted from Pam Anderson’s “The Perfect Recipe.”

Servings and Times

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

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This morning we began the preparations for tonight. We rinse the chicken and take off the skin from the 4 split breasts. We put them into a gallon size resealable plastic bag and wash our hands. In a large measuring cup, we mix the buttermilk with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. We pour the buttermilk mixture over the chicken, seal it, and refrigerate the plastic bag inside a large mixing bowl. We disinfect the counter (have we mentioned that we are fanatical about keeping our hands and work areas clean when working with chicken or meat?) and let the chicken marinate for 6 hours.

The most important thing to do when making fried chicken is to try and keep the oil at a consistent temperature. In our dutch oven, we start to bring the Crisco to 350 degrees. While the shortening is heating, we combine the flour with 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper in another gallon size resealable plastic bag. Retrieving the chicken from the fridge, we use tongs to drop a piece of chicken into the flour mixture, seal, and shake to combine.

After removing the coated chicken from the flour mixture, we park it on a plate and continue with each piece of chicken. We fry half the pieces to start, over medium high heat, carefully placing two pieces into the hot shortening with tongs. We cover it partially (the candy thermometer is in the way) and cook for 5 minutes (adjusting the heat as necessary although the temperature will surely go down at first with the cold chicken). We then rearrange the chicken to ensure even browning, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes. At this point, the chicken is nicely browned, maybe too browned since the temperature did go as high as 375 degrees! We flip each piece over and cook over medium heat, uncovered, for an additional 12 minutes.

We remove the pieces to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet and test with a meat thermometer for doneness. The chicken should be at least 170 degrees and we let them rest for about 5 minutes. While we let them rest, we repeat the procedure with the remaining chicken. We are just two for dinner tonight so we dine while we fry the other two pieces of chicken.

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