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Fried Chicken (gluten-free recipe, too)

gluten-free fried chicken in a basket

Brine the chicken in pickle juice, such asmy Cauliflower and Red Onion Quick Pickle juice 5o add flavor and keep the chicken moist. Serve the pickles on the side!

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Ingredients

1 whole chicken cut into 10 pieces or 1012 skinless boneless chicken pieces
1 cup pickle juice
2 cups all-purpose flour or all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
High smoke point oil or fat, such as peanut oil, canola oil or lard

Instructions

Setup

Line two baking sheet pans with paper towel and set a cooling rack inside to drain chicken.

Method

Place the chicken in a large sealable bag or a non-reactive bowl and pour the pickle juice over all. Marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight, occasionally turning the chicken to marinate evenly.

Drain the chicken, pat dry with paper towel, and place on one of the baking sheets in a single layer; let sit for 30 minutes to warm up.

Set up 2 small plates or pie pans. Mix the flour, paprika, salt and ancho chili powder thoroughly in one pan. Whisk the buttermilk and eggs in the other.

Fill a large frypan with enough fat/oil to come up just past the halfway point of the larger pieces of chicken (shallow-fry method) or fill the deep fryer with fat/oil (deep-fry method).

Bring the oil temperature to 350 degrees F.

Gluten-Free Flour Version

Dip the dried chicken pieces into the seasoned gluten-free flour, then the buttermilk, and back in the seasoned flour; coat thoroughly. Return the coated chicken back to the baking sheet.

Wheat Flour Version

Dip the dried chicken pieces into the buttermilk and then in the seasoned flour; coat thoroughly.

Frying Methods

Shallow Fry Method: Gently drop a few chicken pieces  into the fryer, cook in batches to prevent crowding, and cook for 8-15 minutes depending on size and whether the chicken has bones or not. Cook boneless pieces for about  5 minutes per side and bone-in pieces, 8-15 minutes per side. Bring the temperature back to 350 degrees F before adding more pieces. The optimum internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

Deep Fry Method: Gently drop a few chicken pieces  into the fryer, cook in batches to prevent crowding, and cook for 8-15 minutes depending on size and whether the chicken has bones or not. Cook boneless pieces for about  5 minutes per side and bone-in pieces, 8-15 minutes per side. Bring the temperature back to 350 degrees F before adding more pieces.  The optimum internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

Serve hot or room temperature.

Keywords: deep-fried chicken, picnic chicken