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Flash Fried Chicken

Updated 12:48 PM EST, Thu, Mar 11, 2010

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from Chef Rocco Dispirito, author of Now Eat This!

Ingredients:
3 cups low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
salt
4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
2 quarts grapeseed oil
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
 
Method:
1. Heat the chicken broth in a medium saucepot over high heat, seasoning it generously with salt.  add the chicken thighs to the pan and bring the broth to a simmer.  cover, and reduce the heat to low.  simmer gently until the chicken is tender, about 40 minutes.  remove the thighs from the liquid, pat them dry, and set them aside on a platter; cover it with foil to keep them warm.
 
2. While the chicken is cooking, pour the grapeseed oil into a large pot with high sides, and bring it to 400 degrees F over high heat.  set a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet or over several layers of paper towels (for draining the chicken).  in a shallow dish, combine the flour with the paprika, celery salt, black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and the cayenne.  use a whisk to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
 
3. Combine the warm chicken thighs with the buttermilk in a large bowl, coating them completely.  dredge the thighs in the seasoned flour.  then dip the this in the buttermilk and dredge them in the seasoned flour once more, to double-coat the chicken.  shake off any excess flour.
 
4. Fry the chicken, 2 pieces at a time, in the hot oil until deep golden brown, 30 seconds to 1 minutes.  drain on the wire rack and serve immediately.

First Published: Mar 8, 2010 2:00 PM EST
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