The Czar’s recent post got GorT thinking about recent meals that he has prepared. One in particular is a family favorite: Fried Chicken and Waffles.
There are many ways to make fried chicken but I rely on one of two ways: the southern way (hint: it uses a brown paper bag) and the method I’ll describe below. Both result is juicy and crispy fried chicken that you’ll be proud of serving if you do it right.
First, you are going to brine the chicken in salted (and seasoned) buttermilk. Mix 1 cup buttermilk, 1 tablespoon salt, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ¼ teaspoon cayenne and a dash of hot sauce. Add mixture and chicken to a resealable bag and refrigerate to brine the chicken overnight.
Preheat an oven to 400° and get a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet ready. Whisk together 2 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, and a ¼ teaspoon cayenne in a bowl (a wide, flat bowl works best). Sprinkle ¼ cup buttermilk and mix until small clumps form. Drain and save buttermilk brine in a bowl. If you have the patience and time, dredge the chicken in a bowl of plain flour, then in the reserved buttermilk and then in the clumpy flour mixture. Again, if you have time, refrigerate the coated chicken for 20-30 minutes as some report that the coating sticks better.
Heat about 1 ½ cups of vegetable oil in the skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat – aiming to get the oil to 375°. Cook each piece of chicken for 4-5 minutes on one side and carefully flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side. You should have a nice, golden brown coating on the chicken. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack on a baking pan and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until done.
So, in a pinch, regular waffle mix or pancake mix “waffle style” is fine. But I’d pump it up by adding a 1/3 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup of crumbled bacon and a 1/4 cup of scallions (to about 3 cups of mix).
Put the waffle down on the plate first, top with a piece of chicken and then add some greenery or a slice of avocado. Some in the family feel that just some great maple syrup is all it needs, but I prefer a maple mustard sauce – equal parts maple syrup, ground/brown mustard and yellow mustard – all whisked together.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.