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Honey-Peppered Buttermilk-Fried Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup Essence plus
  • 2 tablespoons Essence (see Bayou Blast recipe)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • Peanut oil for frying

Details

Servings 4

Preparation

Step 1

Combine salt, 1/4 cup of the Essence, the honey and the lemon zest in a large plastic container or non-reactive stockpot. Whisk in the buttermilk and stir until salt is dissolved and honey is fully incorporated. Immerse chicken and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours.

Combine flour, remaining 2 tablespoons Essence and black pepper in a large plastic or doubled brown paper bag; shake to combine. Drop 1/2 of the chicken pieces into flour mixture and shake excess flour from each piece. Repeat coating with remaining chicken pieces. Place coated chicken pieces on a large wire rack, set over a sheet tray and let rest, at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Heat 4 inches of oil to 375 degrees in a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven. Adjust oven rack to middle position and set a second wire rack over a second baking sheet. Place baking sheet in oven and preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line 2 large plates with a double layer of paper towels.

Fry the chicken in batches, skin-side down, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Turn pieces over and continue to fry until chicken pieces are golden brown on second side, about 8 to 10 minutes longer. Remove and drain on paper towels. Using tongs, transfer to oven while you cook the remaining pieces.

Return oil to 375 degrees and fry remaining pieces. (Note: an even oil temperature is the key to the success of this recipe; a clip-on candy or deep-frying thermometer should be kept in the pot at all times, and the temperature should remain no lower than 325 degrees.)

Serve hot or at room temperature.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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