Friday, May 2, 2008

Dairy Keen's Fried Chicken

Dairy Keen's* Fried Chicken
Serves: 6
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 pint buttermilk
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and trim chicken. In a large zip-lock bag, add buttermilk, salt and tabasco sauce. Add Chicken. "Mush" bag so that all the chicken has some buttermilk on it. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes or up to 6 hours. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper paprika, seasoning salt, garlic powder and baking powder. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, one piece at a time; place in flour mixture. Coat both sides of chicken. In a large, very heavy pan, bring oil to 350 degrees. Drop chicken gently into oil. Do not crowd chicken in pan. Fry until browned; then bake 15 minutes longer in oven.

*Dairy Keen is a local "burger joint" that has a model train that travels overhead through hand painted murals of the beautiful Heber Valley. Kids love it! A few years ago they rebuilt the whole structure to look like a train depot. It's very charming, plus the food is good. I especially love their fresh raspberry shakes - they are to die for.

*My personal note about the chicken. This is the recipe served at Dairy Keen. I didn't get a picture because the original recipe said to put the chicken in a bag with the flour. I did that and it mushed together and didn't stick very well to the chicken. The chicken was so delicious that I am going try again, but this time I'm going to put the flour in a pan and dip each piece individually. The chicken was very moist and had a nice flavor.

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