I am forever in pursuit of the perfect Southern Fried Chicken recipe and on Saturday Kitchen recently, the head chef of a restaurant called The Lockhart claimed to have created THE ultimate fraaaaaaaaaaad chicken.
Is it? Could it be? Let’s give it a whirl shall we…
Serves 2-4, depending on appetites (I’ve modified the amounts for our needs)
For the chicken
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Sunflower or vegetable oil, for deep-frying
For the flour dredge
100g plain flour
50g rice flour (see below for how to make)
2 tbsp cornflour
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp baking powder
- For the chicken, dissolve the salt in 500ml water. Submerge the chicken in the brine and chill in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the brine. In a new container, cover the chicken completely with the buttermilk. Chill in the fridge for another 24-48 hours.
- Fill a deep-fat fryer or a large, deep, heavy-bottomed pan two-thirds full with vegetable oil. Heat the oil to 165C.
- Make the rice flour by putting 50g long grain rice in a spice grinder and blitzing to a powder.
- Add to the rest of the ingredients for the flour dredge and put in a large plastic food bag and mix. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, put it in the bag with the flour and shake to coat.
- Deep-fry the chicken until golden-brown and cooked through. Place on kitchen roll to drain.
- Serve with potato salad of coleslaw. Brad also has a recipe for coleslaw on the BBC site.
Certainly the crunchiest fried chicken I’ve ever tried, which presumably comes from the combo of the rice flour and the baking powder.
The flesh itself was a little overwhelmed by the thickness of the coating – delicious though it was, if not a tad on the salty side.
Subtly spicy, I could have done with more of a chilli kick in the coating, but that’s a personal preference. Anyway, thoroughly enjoyable but I want to taste it for real, so I’ve booked The Lockhart for a special treat for my wife.
For the original recipe and the coleslaw recipe go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/southern_fried_chicken_54761