Tuesday, January 8, 2013

T@tT: ad hoc at home Buttermilk Fried Chicken

For my first recipe of working through the ad hoc at home cookbook by Thomas Keller, I decided to start (relatively) easy with something I've already made - Buttermilk Fried Chicken.  I've made various versions of Buttermilk Fried Chicken over the years with Alton Brown's being a personal favorite..until now.

Oh my goodness was this fried chicken delicious.  It was nothing like I had ever tried or made myself before.  The clear difference was the brine.  The brine included garlic, peppercorns, flat leaf parsley, honey (that was a surprise) and lemons. The brine ingredients are brought to a boil on the stove top then cooled completely before adding in the raw chicken pieces which then are to brine for 12 hours in the refrigerator. 

Chicken  Brine
After 12 hours in the brine, the chicken is drained, rinsed and dried.  I deviated from the recipe with my choice of chicken - instead of cutting up a chicken and frying all pieces, I used chicken breasts.  I'm such a wus when it comes to meat on bones.  After drying, the chicken pieces are dredged in a flour/spice mixture then dived into a buttermilk bath and then covered again with flour/spice mixture.

Then it's into the hot oil for about 10 minutes.

Once out of the hot oil and rested for about 5 minutes, the fried chicken is ready to eat. The double coating of flour/spice mixture makes all the difference for the amazing crunch this chicken has.  I would imagine if you are using chicken pieces with the skin on, it would be off the charts. Inside the chicken was so incredibly tender from the brine and had a definite lemon flavor which added depth to the chicken.  My older son kept singing the praises of this recipe.
Buttermilk Fried Chicken
I made biscuits to accompany the fried chicken for my boys - they love making little chicken biscuit sandwiches.  My younger son started making one and I said "Stop! Let me go get the camera!" as I was running down the hall....they were all laughing at me.  
Chicken Biscuit Sandwich
I'm linking up with Debbie's Tuesday at the Table feature.  Go check out her Mod Crosses - very cool! 

Although I began with a fairly easy (for me) recipe, I enjoyed the process that Chef Keller has the reader follow for his recipes and I learned a few things along the way.  His introduction prompted me to spend two hours cleaning and organizing my spice and baking pantry.  A job well worth my time.  As for fried chicken - a double coating is a must from now on....

Eat well and enjoy your Tuesday,


  1. I saw the first pic and said "where are the biscuits?!" and then scrolled down. You make a southern girl proud!

  2. oh my gosh that looks yummy! I would SO like to eat one of those chicken biscuits RIGHT NOW! Did you use deboned chicken breasts then??

  3. This looks so yummy! I am not a fan of frying things normally, it's messy and takes so much oil! What kind of oil do you like best for deep frying? Do you re-use the oil for anything?

    I can tell this is going to be a fun year on your blog!

  4. That chicken biscuit is *literally* making my mouth water! YUM!

  5. OMG that looks good. Have a helping for me!

  6. Wow! That looks fantastic! I love fried chicken and I hardly ever have it...might have to do something about that now.

  7. Despite the fact that I was born and raised in the deep South, and the fact that my mom used to make fried chicken on a regular basis, I don't think I've ever tried to fry chicken. That first picture is very beautiful! I think I'd be tempted to just turn the heat on and make soup!

  8. Oh my, that looks so good. Drooling over here.