I wish I could be somewhere in America tomorrow for Independence day! Dressing up and joining in with the parades, big sports matches all finished off with fireworks and most importantly seeing all of your friends and family for some all American food!
Instead I will have to settle with trying to bring a little touch of one of my favourite american foods to London.
Picture a golden brown, lightly spiced, crispy coating that when crunched through gives way to succulent chicken *drool*
Southern fried chicken is like an institution in america! They have closely guarded family recipes, chicken eating and cooking competitions and venerated local restaurants- also something like a third of death row inmates ask for it....
Anyway! I find it hard to follow the recipes that I have previously found online because of the need to marinate the chicken overnight, the mess involved around dipping the chicken in various bowls of flour & egg and also the fact that buttermilk often proves impossible to find at a Tesco metro...
So here is my super-quick marinade, London style fried chicken!
500g of Chicken thighs on the bone
1tsp of coarse ground salt
1/2 Tbsp of Smoked paprika
Big pinch of fresh ground pepper
Heaped tsp of oregano
1/2 Tbsp of Cajun style spices
Heaped tsp of extra hot chilli powder (Or more if you like it hot!)
300ml of Soured cream
Chop your chicken thighs in half through the bone- I use sharp kitchen scissors for this. It reduces the cooking time whilst also increasing the amount of luscious fried chicken coating you get- genius :)
Pop all of the ingredients into a big bowl, give it a stir and make sure the chicken is coated with as much of the mixture as possible
Leave in the marinade for as long as you can be bothered... I would give it 10 minutes min if you have time
I decided to use my 10 minutes to chop up some spuds for some slightly healthy oven baked chips (parboil for 10 mins then drizzle over a little oil, season and bake at 200c for 30 minutes)
Heat some vegetable oil in a pan (at least 1cm depth) and place your chicken in to cook. Alternatively, for a healthy option you can bake the chicken for 35mins on oiled foil, turning and adding a little spray oil if it looks a little dry. The results won't be as delightful as the fried version but you could probably eat more of it :)
I gave these pieces about 15 minutes cooking on each side.
When golden brown and cooked right through, drain on some kitchen paper & then serve piping hot with your oven baked chips & a side of creamy coleslaw
Have a happy 4th of July y'all!