Saturday, September 18, 2010

Random Willynillyness Cooking Presents: Fried Chicken

Okay this is not the healthiest meal but then again I rarely cook healthy. And let me tell you, I have the figure to show for it!!

Anyway, I decided to make Fried Chicken. Usually, I don't make fried chicken often because, frankly, it's a messy thing to do. If I had a deep fryer, it would be much easier. I don't so I have to pan fry the chicken and there is a lot of splatter and then you are stuck with a bunch of oil you need to dump.

But fried chicken is one of our favorite meals ever. And because I live in the South, I almost feel like I should make fried chicken at least once a year. I started making fried chicken when we lived in Florida. I was sort of forced into it because a hurricane was coming and I needed to make a meal we could eat cold in case we lost our electricity. Thus, the Hurricane Meal was created. You can read more about the Hurricane Meal in an earlier post.

But I digress, as usual, anyway a few weeks ago, I won a basket filled with House Autry breading and other goodies. It had been sitting on my kitchen table for a while so when I saw it I decided I should try the chicken breading. Usually I make my own willy-nilly coating with flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and sometimes some of my green Chile powder. It is really good but sometimes heavy and super duper messy.

The House Autry breading only required me to dredge the chicken in the breading and then fry it up. I used my trusty Ziploc bags to bread the chicken. That makes is even easier because I don't have to dirty dishes and I can toss it out.

What I loved was that I used no eggs or milk to coat the chicken before it went into the breading and the breading stuck on it like white on rice. It was great. You know I am paranoid about undercooked chicken so that is always my issue when I make fried chicken. I never really know how long to leave it on.

Luckily, the breading box said 20-25 minutes if I was pan frying. It worked. I have to say the chicken came out delish because the House Autry breading was light and tasty. I served the chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and some squash casserole I found in the freezer. It was so good.

Let me just tell you that fried chicken, although not the healthiest of meals, is an easy meal to make. It is also versatile. You can eat it hot or cold. You can have it for lunch or dinner or anytime.

Buen Provecho!

YUMMO!! Remember to go visit Latina on a Mission for more Sabroso Saturday meals.


  1. That looks Yummy!
    I made chicken sort of like that last week but I baked it and it still came out really crispy (i dredged it in Flour then breadcrumbs!)

    Yeah, thanks for the comment about the attack and facebook photo.
    I told Marissa about the whole thing and reminded her not to drink anything that some random guys gives her. SHe says: "Mom, I have known that since I was 10 and watched CSI"
    I guess it is the guys' attitude/opinion of girls: not even treating them like human beings. And the boys have to learn this from somewhere.

  2. I recently moved to Florida so I will be needing some Hurricane Meals! (I actually lived here in 1993 and survived Hurrican Andrew).

    This is a great new fried chicken recipe for my family. So amazing that you don't need to coat the chicken with eggs or milk and it still sticks. Will be trying it with the House Autry breading. Thanks for posting!

  3. Fried chicken is always yummy - and we don't HAVE to eat it all at once. At least, that's what I keep telling my teen. I wonder if they had recipes for oven-frying? That would be just a little bit healthier, and even less messy to cook.

  4. Ofelia, the box actually had the cooking time for baking the chiken in the oven as well. That's why I liked this breading compared to others I have tried.

  5. I so love fried chicken. I am not sure if i prefer fresh out of the pan or a day later cold. It's all good. Yum!

  6. Good to know they also had baking instructions. That should keep the chicken from disappearing while the second batch is frying (fry in small batches or bake it all at once).

  7. I have never heard of House Autry breading, but if it cuts down the cost by using less ingredients and saves me time, thn I am going to have to check it out! Knowing me I would bake it tho, so I am glad you noted that it has baking instructions as well.

  8. I haven't ever tried making fried chicken. I want to look for this breading, it sounds great!