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Buttermilk Country Fried Chicken

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Buttermilk Country Fried Chicken
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
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The secret to this juicy and tender fried chicken lies in the simple buttermilk marinade. The crisp crust has a delicious hint of thyme.

Ingredients

Marinade

1
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
garlic clove, minced

Chicken

2
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts and/or thighs
3/4
cup all-purpose flour
2
tablespoons cornstarch
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
teaspoon paprika
Oil for frying

Directions

  • 1 In large shallow nonmetal dish or large resealable food storage plastic bag, mix all marinade ingredients. Add chicken pieces; turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight to marinate.
  • 2 In pie pan, mix flour and all remaining chicken ingredients except oil. Heat about 1/2 inch oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 3 Remove chicken pieces from marinade a few at a time, allowing excess to drip off. Roll chicken in flour mixture until well coated. Add chicken to hot oil in skillet, a few pieces at a time until all pieces are in skillet. Cover; cook over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until deep golden brown. Discard marinade.
  • 4 Uncover skillet. Turn chicken; cook 5 to 8 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F for breasts; 180°F for thighs). Drain chicken on several layers of paper towels. Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold.
Tips  

Ground red pepper, or cayenne pepper, nicely spices this fried chicken. Add more, if you like.

Cold fried chicken is a summertime favorite. Prepare this recipe the night before, cover and refrigerate it. The next day, pack the chicken in the cooler with potato salad and fresh fruit to take to a family picnic. Don't forget the lemonade and iced tea.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
(
Calories from Fat
50
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
(
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
7%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
330mg
14%
Potassium
210mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
(
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
,
Sugars
0g
)
Protein
26g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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