Fried Chicken WingettesJuly 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish, My Own Creation, Salt Brining | Leave a comment
We love fried chicken. I don’t make it TOO often since none of us need the oil from frying, but when I make it, I make it early in the day so I can pop it into the fridge and let it get cold before dinner. That’s the way my guys love it best.
This was the first time I’ve brined chicken. I think it turned out good.
1 package of chicken wingettes
water to cover
2 cups flour (divided)
one 12-ounce can of Carnation Evaporated Milk
4 tbsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Chicken Seasoning (divided)
three containers: one for one cup flour and two tbsp. of seasoning mix; second for egg and evaporated milk; third for cup of flour and remaining chicken seasoning.You’ll also need a nice heavy skillet (preferably cast iron, although I need a new one)
Canola oil: I don’t measure, I just eye-ball it to where it looks like 1/4 inch
Okay, onto the dipping and frying part….after pouring canola oil into skillet, turn it to medium HIGH and when a splash of water dances around, you’re ready to start dipping. Dip chicken, one piece at a time.
Flour mixture first:Then into the egg and milk bath:And finally into the last flour mixture:Then, into the hot oil:Don’t overcrowd the chicken. Turn stove to Medium LOW. Let it fry for about 8 minutes, then flip it over. Let it fry for another 8 minutes or so.
You absolutely, positively have to get your meat thermometer out and test EACH piece of chicken and make sure they are at least 160 degrees F. I can’t imagine how sick anyone could get eating raw chicken and don’t want to.
Continue with all of the chicken, placing on paper towels to drain.As the first batch of wingettes fried, I dipped the other wingettes and they sat on a plate waiting their turn to get fried. Once you’ve removed the first batch of chicken, turn the heat up to medium HIGH to let it get ready for the next batch. Once it’s hot enough for a drop of water to do its dance, put the chicken in the oil and turn the heat back down.Frying chicken can be really messy but it’s so delicious. I completed our dinner with smashed potatoes and corn.
Oh and for those of you who know me well, I usually DO NOT purchase from Nestle. I’ve been boycotting them since learning about their underhanded ways of tricking breastfeeding moms into using formula (read “Milk, Money and Madness” if you can and you’ll see why) but I don’t like the generic evaporated milk and our Walmart doesn’t sell any different brands. Regular milk just doesn’t have the creaminess that I love in the evaporated milk.
Maybe I should buy my own cow?