Featured Recipe

 

Summer Chicken With Cilantro dipping sauce

 

Dry Mix

3 pounds of chicken /Thighs and legs

4 cups of flour

2 Tablespoons smoked paprika

2 tablespoons cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Brine (optional)

3 cups water

1 oz lemon juice

1 lemon sliced

Fresh sprig of oregano and thyme

Marinade

2 cups of yogurt

1 onion sliced

A squeeze of fresh lemon

Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

 

4 eggs blended

Method

Brine chicken overnight in the lemon herb water(optional)

Next day assemble dry mix and yogurt marinade

Pour brine off the chicken, rinse and pat dry

Toss chicken in yogurt marinade and return to the fridge for 1 hour

When ready get a heavy bottom pan deep and wide enough for frying or a deep fryer or electric skillet if you have one. Use a high heat oil of your choice. Heat to 350 degrees

Double dip

Dip the marinated chicken in flour shaking off the excess, then in the egg mixture again shaking off drips and back to the flour mixture. Repeat until all chicken is dipped. Set on a cookie sheet line with lightly oiled parchment paper.

Fry chicken in small batches careful not to overcrowd. You can fry the chicken completely or fry to a golden brown and finish in the oven (5-6 minutes on each side.) If cooking fully in the fryer 12-15 minutes. Be sure to fry the thighs and legs separately.

Remove to a parchment lined cookie sheet

Serve warm immediately or chill and pack in a picnic for later. This chicken is delicious either way.

Here is the dipping sauce I serve with it.

Yogurt Cilantro Dressing

2 cups yogurt

2 tablespoons cilantro paste (puree one bunch with a drop of lemon juice and water a pinch of salt)

1 teaspoon fine chopped garlic

1 roasted Jalapeno seeded and chopped

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

Blend in a Cuisinart of blender

Serve very chilled

Notes: Adding curry to the dry mix and frying in coconut oil is a nice addition to this recipe

I also sometimes use boneless thighs with skin on. They are sort of like a chicken fritter. Really yummy!