The holiday season is generally filled with family, fun and traditions. In my opinion, however, the best part of this time of year is eating comfort food by the boatload. From macaroni and cheese to chicken soup, there are so many delicious options for hearty meals. Complicated recipes can sometimes take the “comfort” out of these delicious dishes, so I have been scouring the Internet looking for delicious and somewhat easy options.
As a recent college graduate, I am new to the cooking world. Sometimes, I want a meal that has more than a few ingredients. I have learned that just because a dish had more than one step, doesn’t mean it’s too complicated to at least attempt. The fact is, it’s not called comfort food because it’s easy to make. Comfort food is stuffed with rich, delicious ingredients – that’s why we love it so much. And really, who doesn’t love some good, old-fashioned fried chicken to remind them of home? I found this recipe and thought it was perfect for this time of year.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Extra Crisp Fried Chicken
1 large (4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
1/4 cup peanut oil
1 bunch parsley, rinsed and dried, for garnish
- Rinse the chicken well and pat it thoroughly dry.
- Sift the flours and the spices together into a small paper bag, so they are well mixed.
- Drop the chicken, two or three pieces at a time, into the bag, hold the bag closed, and shake it so the chicken is thoroughly covered.
- Transfer the chicken to a wire cake rack and let it sit, refrigerated, for 2 hours, so the flour will adhere. Reserve the remaining flour mixture.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Dredge the chicken once more in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.
- When the oil is hot but not smoking, and a drop of water sprinkled into the pan sizzles, add the chicken, making sure you do not crowd the pan.
- Cover, and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the chicken begins to turn brown, reducing the heat slightly if necessary.
- Turn the chicken, cover, and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes, or until it is cooked through and the juices from the thigh run clear when pricked with a fork.
- Arrange the chicken on a brown paper bag to drain, and leave it for about 5 minutes. Then transfer the chicken to a warmed serving platter, garnish with the parsley and serve immediately.
So there you have – a delicious comfort recipe for cooks at any level of expertise! It doesn’t even take all day to make. I loved this recipe and the delicious results. For more great fried chicken recipes, check out 10 Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes.
Also, here are some more great comfort food recipes for some fantastic blogs. Who knows, you might find your next great meal!