Fried Chicken… Do you know a better comfort food?
What were Sunday dinners like for you? My Sunday started with rising early and getting ready for church. No excuses…get up!!! My Mom’s Fried Chicken, the anticipation makes my mouth water to this day. Mom made the world’s best. It was crispy and golden brown on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Nothing like coming home from church, changing our clothes and watching Mom fry it up. Sunday afternoon family, football and fried chicken!!! No better combination, do you think?
Even after moving to Chicago and going back to Ohio for visits with my parents, my Mom would ask me what I wanted her to make for me. Guess what I wanted? You got it, fried chicken! Mom would often make gravy from the yummy brown bits left in the skillet for her fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes. Mom would also serve a green vegetable, usually green beans.
Do you have a favorite Sunday dinner memory or recipe? I’d love to hear about it.
Sunday Dinner Fried Chicken
4 bone in chicken thighs
4 chicken legs
2 cups buttermilk
1 T. hot sauce (I use Chohula or Red Hot)
1 cup flour
4 t. paprika
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. black pepper
1 t. onion powder
Deep fryer or large skillet for frying
Oil for frying
In a large bowl, mix buttermilk and hot sauce. Add chicken pieces to bowl and marinate chicken in refrigerator over night. Before frying, remove chicken from refrigerator for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 degrees.
In a shallow dish, mix together flour, paprika, salt, pepper and onion powder. Mix well. Dredge chicken on all sides in seasoned flour.
Carefully place chicken in skillet or deep fryer. In deep fryer cook chicken for 12 – 15 minutes depending on size of pieces; 7 minutes per side if using skillet to fry chicken. Internal temperature of chicken should be 160 degrees. Remove from fryer or skillet; place on paper towel to drain. Serve with your favorite sides.