Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the brine

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tacos

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
Tortillas, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock, blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tortillas.

Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tostadas

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
15-20 tostada shells (corn tortillas cooked in oil)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock; blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tostada shells.

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