How Christmas works for us is we spend Christmas Eve with Normy’s family and then Christmas Day with friends. Before Normy and I were married I used to make my parents and bro dinner on Christmas Eve and that was always a tradition. But things change, and you get married and you have to go to more family things. So this year I wanted to continue my tradition that I have done in the past and I wanted to do dinner with my parents. We were going to go out to dinner. But then I was looking on Pinterest (damn it) and I found this recipe for extra crispy fried chicken and so I called my mom and was like hey mom how about I cook instead! We had decided to go out to eat to make less work for me. But come ON! I love being overwhelmed with tons to do! Especially cooking! And who wants to eat out? Not me! I like cooking my own food because I like HOMEMADE! So I suggested instead of me cooking it all, we all chip in! My mom offered to make her potatoes salad and then my bro could make baked beans (ewwww) and then I could make the chicken and dessert. A southern style dinner! Not the healthiest, but (in my opinion) you’re supposed to be bad around the holidays! Oh and add in fried okra! Gotta have that! YUM! If you don’t already feel fat and bloated from the fried chicken add in some FRIED okra! MMMMMMMM
So whenever I make fried chicken I soak mine in buttermilk over night and I always add in Cajun seasoning. It just makes the fried chicken THAT much better! Then when you are ready to cook it drain the buttermilk
Here’s the recipe I used for the chicken
My mom and dad outdid themselves on gifts! appreciate it very much! Was nice, and a total surprise!
1/3 cup water
1 cup hot red pepper sauce (I like Louisiana Hot Sauce)
4 cups flour
2 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon paprika
3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 quart buttermilk (optional)
Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder (to taste)
1 (1 to 2 1/2-pound) chicken, cut into pieces (I used drumsticks and thighs)
Peanut Oil, for frying
1. Place cut-up chicken in a large bowl, and cover with buttermilk. Cover and chill for two hours, or overnight. This is an optional (but recommended) step.
2. In a large bowl, add eggs, water, and red pepper sauce. Whisk until combined.
3. In a large gallon freezer bag, mix flour, pepper, paprika, and cayenne.
4. Remove chicken from buttermilk (if marinated) and sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Shake until all pieces are evenly coated.
6. Remove chicken pieces one at a time, shaking excess flour. Dip each piece in the egg mixture,
and return to bag of flour. After all pieces have been dipped in the egg mixture and put back in the bag, give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again.
A Smoker! I am SOOOOOO looking forward to smoked meat and recipes and pictures of smoked MEAT! YUM!
I LOVE Ladybugs and I LOVE that he made this for me!