Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Faux fried chicken

Ever have days when you feel like this:
Yes- lazy. Have not exercised. Need to make dinner, and in the mood for something bad, but you feel guilty. That was me today. So I decided to make me some fried chicken. Well, faux fried chicken a.k.a. chicken that's been rolled in corn flakes to mimic the crunch of fried chicken, then baked. This chicken is so good that it really made me think I was eating a piece of fried chicken. It'll make you think that too. 

Faux fried chicken
1 whole chicken, in pieces (I bought a 5lb. chicken that had already been cut, because cutting up a chicken is laborious, not to mention yucky!
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper (I always use this)
flour- I used about 1- 1 1/2c
1 1/2t red pepper flakes
1t parsley flakes 
1-2tbl ground dried mustard
1/2c buttermilk
1 box corn flakes, 12 oz.

To start-off: Wash chicken and dry. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. 
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 

Place corn flakes in a large ziploc bag. Using your hands, or elbows, or a rolling pin, crush. Pour crushed flakes onto a flat dish. Set aside.
In a wide bowl, pour buttermilk, mustard, red pepper flakes, and parsley flakes. Mix. 
In a large bowl, pour flour. Dredge chicken pieces in flour and shake off any excess. Take each individual piece of chicken and dip in the buttermilk bath. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly soaked. Then roll the chicken in the cornflakes. Cover entirely. Place the chicken in the roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove foil and lower the heat to 375 and cook for another 30 minutes. If you cut open a piece of chicken and it's white inside, it's done. This produced 6-8 servings. It was finger lickin' good. 

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