Thursday, June 21, 2012

Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken

This is a zingy take on the standard American fare. It's perfect summer picnic food. And the leftovers are good, too.  I like to serve it with cabbage slaw, and corn on the cob with chili powder and fresh lime.  Margaritas wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

Willow's Spicy Fried Chicken

1 whole frying chicken, cut up
3 cups buttermilk
2-3 Tbsp Tabasco
1-2 tsp salt
2-3 cups flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper

(Amounts are approximate...I'm not big on measuring...)

Mix buttermilk, Tabasco, and salt in a dish, add chick and marinate for several hours or overnight in the fridge.  Heat 1/4 cup canola oil and 1/4 cup butter in a large cast iron skillet in the oven at 400 degrees. Meanwhile, remove chicken from buttermilk, shake off excess, dredge in flour mixture.  When butter melts, remove pan and add chicken, skin side down.  Return to oven.  Turn pieces after about 25 minutes or when golden brown underneath.  Return to oven and continue to bake until pieces are golden, crispy, and juices run clear, about another 20-25 minutes.  Cool on a rack.  Devour. 


  1. Looks utterly delicious!

    Temperatures in the 90s here. I even hesitate to boil an egg, lest it heats up the kitchen. ;-)

    1. Hot here, too, Merisi, but we live with AC 24 x 7 in the Midwest. I'm actually looking forward to October.

  2. I think I just fainted

  3. bloody hell
    I am on weightatchers AND on the waggon....
    so no fried chicken and no margaritas!

  4. Looks Delicious and no doubt tastes wonderful
    Thanks for sharing


  5. Fried chicken and coleslaw, yum, yum, yum!
    I definitely will try this one, and the heat from the oven might warm up the kitchen, cos our temps are nothing like Merisi in Vienna!

  6. This looks simple and delicious! I think I will take mine with the Margarita!

  7. Oh! Willow has my stomach growling. Yes, perfect summer doubt good with a fruity white wine, a hoppy ale, etc. Yum!

  8. Oh what a yummy idea! My mouth is watering at the finished portion!

  9. This sounds like a wonderful recipe for one of my favorite summer dishes. Must try it, and soon! Reggie

  10. Oh yes.....oh yes.....oh yes. Now, how do I remove 'mouth watering' from my keyboard?

  11. Yup, margaritas I go for, but none of it sounds a bad idea. You have me salivating!

  12. This looks delish and so easy. I love cooking in my oven and using my cast iron frying pan

  13. It looks delicious. I wonder what I would call standard english fare. It wouldn't be as tasty as this, that's for sure! ;)
    Jess xx

  14. Even this vegetarian is kind of drooling. I did, at one time, love me some fried chicken. The sides sound delish as well :)

  15. Jeez, you eat like this every night? Save me a place.

  16. This sounds so yummy! And the cast iron skillet makes it taste even better. My mom used to fry chicken in the cast iron. It was the best chicken I've ever had.


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