Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fried Chicken

I have been reading The Help this week by Kathryn Stockett. I expected the book to be addicting but what I didn't expect was the burning desire to crave the food mentioned in the novel. I have never made fried chicken before but I have watched my gramma do it. Well when I say that I have watched her do it I mean that I have one memory of her cooking fried chicken on a summer evening, not actually seeing what she did to the chicken. So when Minny Jackson rattled off her instructions on how she made fried chicken I took a permanent mental note. Buttermilk, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, flour, and Crisco.

Here we are:

Fried chicken
Fried potatoes

I'm not going to lie, I had planned corn casserole instead of the standard corn side dish but I forgot to put in the oven and it takes about 45 minutes.

Not hard at all! Only patience is required. I think next time I'll tone down the cayenne however!

~ Angela O'


  1. Angela, I grew up in a house where fried chicken was prepared quite often, not to mention, fried quail, dove, and all types of fish. Back then, we bought the chickens and cut them up ourselves. It's so much better this way, as one can cut up the chicken to include the much sought after wishbone or pulley-bone. An important step is to brine your chicken in the ice-box, before frying. Simply place all your chicken in a bowl, add salt, and cover with water. Place in the refrigerator overnight or in the morning to soak for dinner. You'll notice a difference. I also brine my turkeys, but to do this, I use my kitchen sink and allow the bird to thaw in cold water with salt. I change the water every 30 minutes and add more salt. This makes my bird super moist!

    1. Brining is a good idea. We used to butcher our chickens as well. Well, not we exactly. My gramma and paw-paw did, while I played. However, I played in the yard only feet from them as they butchered that evening's dinner. I remember my gramma with the short handed sickle. It sounds disgusting now, but back then it wasn't like that. I remember being so intrigued by how the chicken continued to do huge back-flips with no head. So gross now. But as a kid, I never focused on the no-head part...just the back flips.

    2. Whoops, I forgot to mention that they were our chickens too. Believe it or not I grew up raising chickens and getting fresh eggs daily. That is another blog topic though!