Saturday, June 05, 2010
Cookin’ the Book: Pioneer Woman’s Fried Chicken
Time for another recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I’m attempting to cook every one of her recipes (in the book, not her site!) by the end of the summer.
Considering all the crazy things I have made in my life, maybe it’s kooky that I’ve never-ever-ever made fried chicken. Perhaps once a year or so we buy that bucket, but it’s simply not a food I think much about… however, my youngest child discovered a deep passion for fried chicken recently at a beach bonfore/picnic when we brought the ‘bucket' chicken’. Little dude yelped with pleasure as he ate the drumstick I was helping hold for him with such gusto that he bit my finger harder than I have ever felt in my life. Then I yelped, but not with pleasure!
Clearly it was time to try out Pioneer Woman’s recipe, which I had been eyeing for a while. As with all her recipes, it was super simple. For all I know this is the way everyone except my mom makes fried chicken (‘cuz I never saw her do it the few times she made it), but the genius step was adding 1/4 c buttermilk to the seasoned flour mixture and stirring it only until there were sporadic clumps throughout… those clumps, when adhered to the chicken and fried up made for great texture and general awesomeness. Paul’s only semi-complaint was that he thought it needed more spice—but we like things a bit on the spicy side here. :)
Overall, it’s a definite thumbs up. Sadly, this is one the ‘book only’ recipes, and not available on her site. Darn!