Picnic Fried Chicken Recipe
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Picnic Fried Chicken Recipe

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For our family, it's not a picnic unless there's fried chicken! Chicken, deviled eggs and potato salad are all "musts" for a picnic as far as my husband is concerned. This is a "Golden Oldie" recipe for me—I've used it any number of times, both for leisure time picnics and as part of a meal I pack and take out to the field for my grain farmer. I enjoy cooking, especially giving a recipe a couple of tries and adjusting it or throwing it out. I always remember back to the way Mom or Grandma used to do things when I'm in the kitchen—the memory inspires me!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + marinating Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 pounds), cut up
  • 3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
  • COATING:
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  1. Pat chicken pieces with paper towels; place in large flat dish. Pour buttermilk over chicken; cover, and allow to soak at least 1 hour or overnight in refrigerator.
  2. Combine coating ingredients in large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken pieces, one at a time, and shake to coat well. Lay coated pieces on waxed paper for 15 minutes to allow coating to dry (will cling better in frying).
  3. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat 1/2 inch oil to 350°-360°. Fry chicken, several pieces at a time, for about 3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to 325°; cook chicken, turning occasionally, for 25-35 minutes or until juices run clear and chicken is tender. Remove to paper towels and keep warm. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Country Fried Chicken in Reminisce March/April 1991, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

I added a bit of cajun seasoning with it. A batch of fresh buttermilk biscuits, now that is cooking!

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

I forgot to say in my 1st review that I put the coating mixture in 2 separate bags as it tends to get a little "gloppy" after the first 5 pieces. I put the coated chicken on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. When it has finished cooking, I put it on a clean wire rack over clean foil as it drains the grease off better than paper towels.

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

I've made this recipe twice (I don't fry chicken very often) and my husband goes wild over it. I use a deep heavy skillet and cover it, with the lid ajar, for the first 5 minutes; then uncover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes longer. I also season the buttermilk with salt & pepper.

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Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

We enjoyed this delicious fried chicken, and I will definitely make it again. Thanks!

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

This is a fantastic recipie. in addition to seasoning the coating for the chicken, i also seasoned the individual pieces of chicken prior to soaking the pieces in buttermilk overnight. If you like your chicken flavorful i would recommend seasoning the chicken as well.

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