July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!!! Truth be told, I think most Americans agree with the idea it really should be celebrated July 4th. You don’t get more American than fried chicken. But I’ll assume in an effort to give the tasty bird it’s proper “shine”, the people that decide these dates; I guess the Colonel, the lady from Popeyes , and the folks at Church’s, deemed this day fit. With that being said, I could count the ways I love fried chicken. In any interview, get to know you game, or general conversation for that matter; I have always proclaimed fried chicken to be my favorite food. I love extra crispy and I use a ton of hot sauce. Do I personally make great fried chicken you ask? Yes I do. I really do, but I also love most of the national chains as well. I love corner store chicken, chicken at my local farmers market, deep fried wings minus the breading, fried chicken strips, fried chicken and waffles, fried chicken on a salad…you get it. I love all versions of fried chicken. So with all of that being said, I challenge you all to celebrate this day properly. Buy some chicken, fry some chicken, and eat to your hearts content.
Buffalo Chicken Crunch…
Wonton wrappers filled with a shredded chicken, hot sauce, ranch, and mozzarella cheese. Then dredged like fried chicken and deep fried..Just like the Cheese Cake Factory
So a blog follower reminded me this week of this recipe. I had to go into my archives for this one. But it’s fried chicken with a buffalo chicken inside…delicious.
Chipotle Chicken Wings….
– 1 lb fresh chicken wings
– vegetable oil
– 3 chipotle peppers with adobo sauce ( 1/4 -1/3 cup)
– 1/3 cup molasses
– 1/3 cup ketchup
– 2 tbsp white vinegar
– pinch of cayenne pepper
– black pepper
1. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Fry in 350 degree oil for 12-13 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and immediately season with salt and pepper.
2. In food processor, combine chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, molasses, ketchup, vinegar, cayenne, and some salt and pepper. Puree in food processor.
3. Put mixture in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil and reduce allowing to simmer.
4. When all wings are fried, put into a medium bowl, coat with sauce. Toss wings around until all are coated.
5. I served this with ranch dressing…..
Golden Chicken Strips and Cornbread Pancakes
with Mambo Sauce…a twist on chicken and waffles
Mambo Sauce Delicious!!
1 cup ketchup (Heinz- Pittsburgh 🙂
1 cup sugar
1/4 c. water
5 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp Spanish Paprika
2 tbsp Sriracha (chili sauce with garlic)
2 tbsp hot sauce (crystal hot sauce)
Add all ingredients in medium sauce pan over medium heat
bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally. Reduce to low heat
Cornbread Pancakes- Easy!!
-1 box Jiffy Cornbread mix
– 1 cup pre-packaged pancake mix
Following the directions of both and mix together.
Heat griddle to medium heat, butter, and laddle batter onto
griddle. Allow pancakes to bubble and flip. Cook until lightly golden brown
Golden Chicken Strips
– Vegetable oil, for shallow frying
– 3 full chicken boneless chicken breasts
– 3 large eggs lightly beaten
-1/4 cup hot sauce
– 4 cups all purpose flour (split in half)
– 4 tbsp garlic salt
– 4 tbsp cracked black pepper
– 4 tbsp paprika
– 4 tbsp sea salt
Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over
medium heat. Whisk the hot sauce and eggs in medium bowl.
Equally divide the flour for dredging station in 2 shallow pans. In both
pans with flour add 2 tbsp garlic salt, 2 tbsp sea salt, and 2tbsp black pepper. In last dredging station only, add
paprika. Cut chicken into tenders. There are three trays to the dredging station.Start flour, then egg, then flour..Place on baking sheet and allow
chicken to rest a few minutes before frying. The coating adheres better.
Fry tenders 4-5 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towel. Immediately, sprinkle sea salt on the fried tenders.
That is a must! Place pancakes on each plate, add chicken tenders,and
Thanks for joining me and remember………..Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?