Blue Corn Fried Chicken with Ancho Honey
Serve with Buttermilk-Bacon Smashed Potatoes
- 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pounds) cut up
- 3 cups buttermilk
- Peanut oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 cups all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper
- 4 large eggs, mixed with 2 tablespoons of water and seasoned with salt and pepper
- 2 cups blue cornmeal, seasoned with salt and pepper
- Ancho-Honey Sauce
- 1 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
Adapted from foodnetwork.com
For the Chicken: Place chicken in a large baking dish, add buttermilk, turn to coat. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Heat 1-inch of the peanut oil in a cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Dip each piece of chicken in the flour and pat off excess. Dip in the eggs then cornmeal. Slowly add the chicken pieces to the hot pan skin-side down in batches. Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to medium high and cook for 7 minutes, remove the cover, turn the chicken over and continue to cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain on paper towels and transfer to a platter. Drizzle with the Ancho Honey Sauce.
For the Ancho Honey Sauce: Mix all ingredients together until blended.