Fried Chicken

Everyone likes fried chicken (unless you’re an asshole) but a lot of people don’t know how to make fried chicken. Here’s how to make it correctly and easily.

 

Time: 4 hours in fridge; 25 minutes cook time

Servings: 4 – 6

Ingredients

– Chicken with skin on (You can use whatever part(s) you want. I cut a 1.5 lb breast into large chunks for this recipe.)

– 1 Quart Buttermilk

– Salt (eyeball it, but no more than 1 tbsp.)

– Pepper (same as the salt)

– 2 – 3 cups flour (depending on if you double-dip; more on that later)

– 1 teaspoon paprika

– 1 tbsp. corn starch (optional, but recommended)

– 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

– Dash of Garlic Salt (optional)

– 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

– Oil (I used peanut oil for this, but just about any oil will work.)

Directions

1. First get your chicken prepped by putting it in a Ziploc bag with 1 cup of buttermilk. If you’re using a breast, I recommend you slice it up first. Let this sit in the fridge between 4 and 24 hours. The buttermilk will tenderize the chicken and keep it moist once it’s being fried. Leave it alone and work on that project you keep putting off or finish that bottle of booze that’s been taunting you.

2. After you’ve put a dent in that project/bottle, remove your chicken from the fridge and fill a skillet with about ½ – ¾ an inch of oil and heat it to medium-high heat.

3. While your oil is heating up, get two medium sized bowls. Fill one bowl with 2 – 3 cups of buttermilk and the other bowl with the flour, salt, pepper, corn starch, and paprika. Also add in the cayenne, garlic salt, and baking powder if using. Whisk the flour bowl together to get an even mix.

4. Take your chicken and dip it in the flour to cover it. Then dip it in the bowl of buttermilk. Then give it one more dip in the flour. This is known as the double-dip. Repeat this for all pieces of chicken and put the pieces aside until you have several ready to go.

5. Put your chicken in the oil and let it cook undisturbed for at least 6 minutes depending on thickness. While doing this, finish double dipping the next batch of chicken. Using tongs or another heat proof utensil, flip the chicken. It should be a deep golden brown on the side that’s now facing up. Cook the other side of the chicken for at least another 6 minutes.

6. Repeat this with all pieces of chicken. Obviously you don’t have to cook one piece at a time, but be sure not to put too much chicken in the pan at once.

7. When the chicken is done frying, put it on a plate with several paper towels under the chicken to soak up grease.

8. Serve promptly and enjoy; these delicious motherfuckers will melt in your mouth.

Notes & Pro-Tips:

– If you can’t get find buttermilk for some reason (it’s in the dairy section), you can substitute with an egg wash. Just skip the marinating part.

– You can use seasoned salt instead of the paprika/cayenne/garlic salt.

– If you’re using thicker pieces of chicken, after you flip the chicken the first time, let it cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Then occasionally flip the chicken every minute or so to ensure an even and thorough cook. NO PINK CHICKEN!

– You don’t HAVE to double-dip, but you should if you want to ensure a nice, even crust.

– If you aren’t strapped for time, take your chicken out of the fridge 20 – 30 minutes before frying to let the chicken get up to room temperature. This will help it cook a bit faster.

– Feel free to cut the chicken into smaller pieces to make nuggets.

Spinach Tortellini Bake

This is an easy and extremely tasty recipe for those nights that you want a nice creamy pasta. If that’s not good enough for you, it’s also pretty cheap (less than $12 of ingredients to feed four adults). I adapted this recipe from here with a  few tweaks.

Serves 4

Time: 30 – 40 mins

Ingredients

1 20 oz. package frozen Three Cheese Tortellini (or your favorite kind)

1 8 oz. pack plain cream cheese (Do not use whipped cream cheese, it won’t work. Just get a cheap block of regular cream cheese.)

12 oz chicken or vegetable stock (Let’s be serious though, use chicken stock.)

A bunch of spinach (I literally mean a bunch tied together, but you can add as much spinach as you want if you want to go full Popeye.)

1 cup Colby Jack or mozzarella cheese, shredded (You can use cubes, but it works way better shredded)

Chili flakes to taste

1 tbsp of dried basil (optional)

Parmesan cheese to taste

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Pastor’s Pie

A Southwest take on shepherd’s pie. A My Lazy Kitchen OG recipe.

Time: 45 Minutes

Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients

1 lb Ground Beef

12 oz Chorizo, casing removed

2 small cans of black beans, drained

1 onion

Chili powder to taste

Seasoned salt to taste

Olive oil

1/2 to 1 lb fresh green beans (adjust depending on how much you like green beans)

8 oz shredded cheese (I suggest either a Mexican blend or Colby Jack, but use whatever you want)

Mashed potatoes (homemade or store bought)

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Kitchen Essentials

Here’s a checklist of some items I think every kitchen should have if possible. These are all basic kitchen tools and have multiple applications because fuck unitools (I’m looking at you strawberry slicer).

  • A Knife Set: You should really invest in good knives. They make cooking much easier. Get a few good knives (a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a serrated blade) if you can’t get a whole block. If you can only get one, get a good chef’s knife.

Chef’s Knife

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