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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crunchy Oven "Fried" Chicken

What is the first thing you think of when you think of good "old fashioned" home cooking?? For me, it is definitely fried chicken! I rarely fry food. In fact, I don't even own a deep fryer.  But sometimes a craving for fried food is not we must improvise. :-)

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make some"fried" chicken.:-) The chicken is best when it soaks in the marinade overnight, so plan accordingly. :-)

8 chicken drumsticks, skin-on
 2 cups Buttermilk
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 Tbls. Hot sauce
1 Tbls. Salt +
2 tsp black pepper+
1/2 tsp paprika
5 cups cornflakes, crushed
4 Tbls butter, melted

First you will need to combine the buttermilk with the crushed garlic cloves, hot sauce, salt, black pepper, and paprika. Then place your drumsticks in the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

After your chicken is done "soaking" you will need to crush your corn flakes very finely. I like to use my single-serve blender. A food processor would work great, too!

When you have finished crushing your cornflakes, place then in a shadow dish with a lid. Generously add salt and pepper. Mix well. 
Remove the chicken from the marinade and let the excess liquid drip off. Place in your cornflake mixture. Put on the lid. Shake.Shake.Shake. :-) 

The best way to "fry" your chicken is to place a wire rack inside a large baking sheet so all sides can get "crispified". Next you will need to drizzle your melted butter evenly over your coated chicken.
Note: Line your pan with some aluminum foil. It will save you some clean-up time which is always good! :-) 

 After baking for an hour in a 400 degree oven, this is what you will have...yummy, crispy, "fried" chicken. 

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