Oh my word, who can resist a bit of southern fried chicken or North West fried chicken as it would have to be in my house. No! not deep frying I hear you call but there's nothing wrong with it every now and then or on special occasions like it's Tuesday perhaps.
To make it as authentic as the popular take away I also made coleslaw and added barbecue sauce to baked beans. All that was missing was the cardboard bucket.
Just to help reduce the possible high calorific values of this meal, I removed the skin and the chicken was pre-cooked to reduce frying time, this also ensures it's cooked all the way through. It was poached in milk which help it keep it's moisture and makes the meat more tender.
4 Chicken Portions - Thighs and Drumsticks
1 Litre Milk
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Pinch Smoked Paprika
1 Egg Beaten
Oil For Deep Frying
Put the chicken in a large pan and cover with the milk and salt. Bring the milk to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer till the chicken is cooked through. This will take about 20 minutes. The milk and pan will look quite disgusting and become a skummy mess but this will all be discarded so don't worry. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the milk and let it cool so you can handle it.
Next mix the flour with the seasoning. It you prefer, you could add a ready made chicken seasoning and select your own flavour. Once the chicken is cool, coat all the chicken pieces in the flour mix. Now dip each piece in egg and then back in the flour. this double dip gives it a lovely thick crispy coating.
Once all the chicken has been double dipped, Deep fry in hot oil till beautifully golden. It should just take a minute or so. Then serve with your barbecue beans, coleslaw and a handy wipe.
The coleslaw could not be easier. In a large bowl mix 5 large tbsp mayonnaise with 5 tbsp greek yoghurt, 2 tsp honey and 1 tsp wholegrain mustard. To this add 1/2 small white cabbage, 1 small red onion thinly sliced and 2 large grated carrots combine everything well.
I'm sure it's not crucial but watching I'm a celebrity seemed to go rather well with this. Other forms of junk tv are available x