I started the day with the intention to make today a healthy Monday. When I arrived at work, one of my co-workers, Marcia, told me about the fried chicken she had made over the weekend. She made it sound so good that, even though I’ve never been a fried chicken or fried food fan, I wrote down her recipe so I could make it sometime. Then lunch came. Another one of my coworkers had brought homemade fried chicken for lunch! And as you can see, our dinner was a comfort food Monday meal rather than a healthy Monday meal. I have to say, however, that this was excellent fried chicken – crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside!
Marcia’s Fried Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 4 eggs
- Peanut or canola oil for frying
Cut chicken breasts into small chunks (1-2 inch pieces) and soak them in ice water. To a gallon-sized ziptop bag, add the flour, salt and pepper. Crack the eggs into a bowl large enough to hold all the chicken and beat them. Add the chicken to the bag with the flour, seal the bag, and shake to coat. Transfer the chicken to the bowl with the eggs and toss to coat the pieces completely. Place the chicken back in the bag with the flour, seal the bag, and shake to coat. To a large skillet, add enough oil to make a layer about 1/2 inch deep. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and allow it to preheat for a few minutes. Add the chicken and cook until it’s golden, flipping it once. It will take about 10 minutes. Cut open one of the larger chunks of chicken to make sure that it’s cooked completely. Remove the chicken from the skillet and drain on paper towels. Serve immediately.
Tip from Marcia: To help reduce the smell of fried food in your house, it helps to light a candle before you start frying.