Spicy Fried Chicken

Paprika is the source of the heat, or go sweet for a milder version.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
4 legs and thighs, separated
450ml buttermilk
110ml chipotle in adobo sauce, chopped (or 1 whole can)
Vegetable oil, for frying
225g all purpose flour
225g cornmeal
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
Tongs
In a large zip top bag place chicken pieces with the buttermilk and chipotle. Close bag and mix making sure mixture is evenly distributed. Marinate for up to 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Fill a large 30cm cast iron skillet with oil to the depth of about 1.3 to 1.9cm and heat until hot, about 160 to 170 degrees, gas mark 3.
In a shallow dish mix the flour and cornmeal with the seasonings. Remove the chicken from the marinade and dredge into the flour/cornmeal mixture. Repeat this process until all pieces are coated. Gently lower the chicken into the hot oil and fry for about 10 minutes on each side, until golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. The oil temperature will drop to about 140 degrees when the chicken is first added to the hot oil, but will rise back up to 160 to 170 degrees during the cooking process. Use an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the chicken pieces, not touching the bone nor piercing through, to make sure it registers 75 degrees before removing it from the oil. Drain on paper towels and serve.

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