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!

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Mezcal, Cilantro Dried Cherry Glazed Chicken Wings

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 Chicken Wings

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds chicken wings or little drumsticks
¾ cup dried cherries
½ cup mezcal (the smokier the better)
½ cup agave syrup
Zest and juice of 1 lime
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
Salt/cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°F.

On a lightly greased baking sheet, place chicken wings, and generously season them with salt and cracked black pepper. Place in the oven, and back for about 15 to 20 minutes or until just before golden brown and just about done.

In a small saucepan, combine dried cherries, mezcal, agave, and zest and juice of lime. Bring to a boil then take off heat. Add cilantro leaves and cumin seeds, and allow to soak until totally cool, about 10 to 15 minutes. Blend mixture in a blender until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, or mixing in two batches, gently toss chicken wings with sauce. Place back on baking sheet, and bake another 5 to 7 minutes or until browned well.

Chicken Cacciatore

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
2 chicken wings, skin on, bone in
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ cup flour (for dredging)
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped medium
2 medium carrots, chopped medium
2 ribs of celery, chopped fine
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
½ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup of each reserved for the end
½ cup dry white wine
1 large (28-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock

PREPARATION

Season chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a heavy bottom 5-Qt pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and sauté chicken until brown, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. You can do the chicken in two batches if need be, take chicken out and set aside. Reduce heat to medium, and add garlic and onion, sauté until the garlic and onions are tender and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add bell peppers, carrots, and celery, and continue to sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add half of all herbs and sauté just until coated. Add the wine and remove any little bits and pieces stuck to bottom of the pan. Add the tomatoes, squishing them with your fingers to break apart whole tomatoes. Add chicken stock, stir well. Add the chicken and mix well. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add remaining herbs and take off heat. Remove any excess oil or fat floating on the top of the sauce with a spoon. Serve over Herbed polenta.

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