It’s hard to resist a good crispy piece of fried chicken once in a while! This family favorite with origins in the south tops the charts as one of America’s favorite meals. Even though there doesn’t seem to be any congressional records declaring this as an official National Day, that doesn’t seem to get in the way of wanting to celebrate this day with a good piece of fried chicken!
Most people seem to have their own favorite fried chicken recipe, but in case you don’t here’s one to try. Your aging loved one and her home care provider will probably love helping you eat these crispy, tasty pieces of fried chicken!
Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe
1 – 4 lb. chicken, cut up
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper
2 quarts oil for frying
1) Place flour in large Ziploc bag; add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
2) Dip chicken pieces into the buttermilk and then into the flour. Seal the bag, shaking to coat the chicken. Do this procedure 1 or 2 pieces at a time.
3) Place coated chicken pieces on a tray and cover with wax paper. Let sit for a few minutes until flour has turned paste-like.
4) Heat oil until hot (being very careful!). A few pieces of chicken at a time, place into hot oil and brown on both sides. Reduce heat and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Turn up heat again to make chicken crispy.
5) Drain pieces of chicken on paper towels, while you fry the remaining pieces. Finished chicken can be kept in a slightly warm oven until the rest is done, if necessary.
It’s true that deep-fried food isn’t the best heart-healthy food. But if it isn’t eaten too often and just enjoyed once in a while, it can make for a very fun celebration of National Fried Chicken Day.
To accompany the fried chicken and round out the meal, serve healthy vegetables without too many oily dressings. For example, instead of a garden salad loaded with salad dressing, opt for vegetable sticks and hummus for dipping. The fresh vegetables could include carrots, celery, cauliflower, tomatoes and red peppers. Instead of serving potato chips on the side, opt instead for one of the baked not fried alternatives.
The dessert could include a fresh fruit tray of delectable fruit in season.
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