Fried Chicken with Bacon and Pepper Cream GravyFrom peetabear 8 years ago
- For chicken shopping list
- 1 whole chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds), cut into 8 pieces shopping list
- 3 cups well-shaken buttermilk shopping list
- 1 large onion, thinly sliced shopping list
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce such as Tabasco shopping list
- 2 cups all-purpose flour shopping list
- 2 teaspoons paprika shopping list
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne shopping list
- 8 bacon slices (1/2 pound) shopping list
- About 3 cups vegetable oil shopping list
- For gravy shopping list
- 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour shopping list
- 2 cups whole milk shopping list
- Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer shopping list
How to make it
- Marinate chicken:
- Toss chicken with buttermilk, onion, Tabasco, and 2 teaspoons salt. Marinate chicken, covered and chilled, at least 12 hours.
- Coat and fry chicken:
- Put flour, paprika, cayenne, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a paper or plastic bag and shake to combine well.
- Drain chicken well in a colander, discarding marinade and onions, then shake chicken in bag, 1 piece at a time, to coat well. Knock off excess flour and transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Let chicken air-dry 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 250°F with rack in middle. Set a cooling rack in a large shallow baking pan.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon in 2 batches in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp. Transfer to rack in baking pan and keep warm in oven.
- Scrape up brown bits from bottom of skillet with a spatula and strain bacon fat through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, reserving bits in sieve. Wipe skillet clean and add strained bacon fat. Add enough oil to measure 1/2 inch fat in skillet and heat to 350°F over medium-high heat.
- Fry chicken 4 pieces at a time (keep each batch all white meat or all dark meat), skin sides down first, turning occasionally with tongs, until golden-brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes for breasts and wings; 10 to 12 minutes for drumsticks and thighs. Transfer chicken to rack with bacon and keep warm in oven. Return fat to 350°F between batches and reserve after frying.
- Make gravy:
- Strain frying fat through sieve into a bowl, then return 1 tablespoon fat and all brown bits in sieve to skillet. (Discard remaining frying fat once cool.) Whisk in flour and cook roux over medium heat, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil, whisking, then simmer, whisking, until thick, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Serve chicken with gravy and bacon.
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The Cookpeetabear Mid-hudson Valley, NY
The Rating7 people
All I can say is, deeelicious! This type of food is like comfort food for me! 5 forks and a smile!juels in Clayton loved it
Peeta wait till you try soaking it in Buttermilk, I have found this secret out a couple of years ago. It really makes the chicken juicer and enhances the flavor, you'll love it. I love the spices in the coating and the gravey sounds delish...:)gagagrits in Irmo loved it
Looks wonderful! I just love the smell of chicken, frying.All this needs, is a pan of buttermilk biscuits for that gravy. We use buttermilk a lot. I also soak fish in buttermilk.bluewaterandsand in GAFFNEY loved it
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