BUTTERMILK-BRINED FRIED CHICKEN
prep 30 minutes chill 2 hours cook 12 minutes
3 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup kosher salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
21/2 to 3 lb. meaty chicken pieces (breast
halves, thighs, and/or drumsticks)
2 cups all- purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 recipe Creamy Gravy
1. For brine, in a large resealable plastic bag set in a bowl combine 3 cups buttermilk, kosher salt, and sugar. Using a chef’s knife, cut chicken breast halves in half crosswise. Add all chicken pieces to the brine. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Chill for 2 to 4 hours. Drain chicken, discarding brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels.
2. In a large bowl stir together fl our, 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper. Place ³/4 cup buttermilk in a shallow dish. Coat chicken with fl our mixture; dip in buttermilk and coat again with fl our mixture. 3. Meanwhile, in a deep, heavy pot or a deep-fat fryer heat 11/2 inches oil to 350° F. Using tongs, carefully add a few pieces of chicken to hot oil. (Oil temperature will drop; adjust the heat to maintain temperature at 350° F.) Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is done ( 170° F for breasts; at least 175° F for thighs and drumsticks) and coating is golden brown, turning once. Drain on a wire rack or paper towels. If desired, keep fried chicken warm in a preheated 300°F oven while frying the remaining chicken and making the Creamy Gravy. Serve fried chicken with gravy. Makes 6 servings.
creamy gravy Place 3 Tbsp. fried chicken drippings, butter, or bacon drippings in a large skillet. Heat drippings over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, stir in 3 Tbsp. all- purpose fl our until mixture is smooth, bubbly, and starting to brown. Whisk in 1³/4 cups milk, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/₈ tsp. black pepper. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Cook and whisk 1 minute more. Reduce heat if gravy begins to boil. If desired, thin with additional milk. spicy buttermilk-brined Fried chicken Prepare as directed, except add 11/2 tsp. cayenne pepper to fl our mixture.
per serving 730 cal, 45 g fat ( 10 g sat. fat), 135 mg chol, 1,382 mg sodium, 41 g carb, 1 g fi ber, 9 g sugars, 39 g pro.