Crispy Fried Chicken

Next to cheese fries and a few other amazing things, fried chicken is up there in my top 5 favorite foods. There is nothing better than that perfect crispy breading, and juicy meat, and you can’t forget all the delicious sides that go along. I found this Hot Honey at ALDI and I knew I had to have it with some fried chicken. I learned a life-changing trick from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence that makes sure the breading stays on the chicken while frying. I make this after pickle brining the chicken for 24 hours. You can always omit that or marinade with buttermilk. Serve this fried chicken up with your favorite sides, like mac & cheese, french fries, or a side salad.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Pickle juice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Smashed Garlic for Brine
  • 1 LB Chicken cut of choice, I used drumsticks, can use thighs or breast
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Hot Sauce
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TSP Pepper
  • 2 TSP Paprika
  • 1 TSBP Cayenne Pepper
  • Berryhill Hot Honey [can buy at ALDI]
  • Peanut or Vegetable Oil for fryer

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large bowl, place the pickle juice + garlic + 1 cup of water and add in the chicken. Cover with foil and place in the fridge to rest for 24 hours. Drain chicken from brine and pat dry when ready to use.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs + water + hot sauce and set aside.

On a large plate, whisk together flour + salt + pepper + paprika + cayenne.

Dredge the chicken in the flour, then egg wash, then flour again and place the chicken on the wire rack or baking pan and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meg ensures that this allows the breading to stick to the chicken and she is absolutely right!

Heat the frying oil to 350F and work in batches frying the chicken for about 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.

Drizzle over with hot honey when warm and enjoy.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pickle-Brined Chicken Sandwich

With our local Chic-Fil-A being shut down for a good part of 2 months now, I needed my chicken sandwich fill. I decided since I can’t get one there, I can just make it myself, without all the extreme beliefs attached. I got this idea after having some leftover pickle juice, instead of throwing it out, I decided to brine some chicken breast in it overnight. It may have been my best idea yet. Serve with french fries and you can leave out the ‘my pleasure’.

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 32 oz Pickle Juice, I used Grillos, but Claussen’s would also be good, or just whatever you have, I’m a pickle snob
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • Handful fresh dill
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil, enough to cover the pan
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, Sliced
  • Pickles, Sliced
  • Mayo

Let’s Get Cooking

We are brining overnight, if you can’t do 24 hours, I would recommend at least 3. Pour the pickle juice into a large bowl, and add in the extra garlic + dill + washed and dried chicken breast. Cover the bowl with foil and place in the fridge overnight.

After the bringing, take the chicken out, rinse it off and pat dry.

Whisk two eggs in a bowl and set aside. On a plate mix together flour + cornmeal + paprika + chili powder + salt + pepper.

In a large pan with high sides, add in the oil and heat on MED-HIGH.

While the oil is heating, dredge the chicken, first in the egg then flour, making sure the chicken is fully covered. Once the oil is hot, carefully add in the chicken, cooking for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

When the chicken is fully cooked, remove it and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Let rest.

Prepare the toppings, toast your buns and cut the tomatoes, pickles, and wash the lettuce.

Build your perfect sandwich: bottom bun, lettuce, chicken, pickles, tomatoes, mayo, top bun.

Made with Love,

Hannah