How do you kick plain old fried chicken up a notch and keep it semi respectable in the calorie department? Use skinless boneless chicken thighs and add some killer spices to the breading. That's what I did last night and talk about a winner, winner chicken dinner.
Inspired by a recipe on Epicurious, I simply cut the chicken thighs in half so they'd cook more evenly, then dipped them into an egg and milk wash followed by flour mixed with some Indian spices. Fried in a quarter inch of oil for 12 minutes and finished in a hot oven, the outside was crisp with a healthy hit of spice and the inside moist and juicy.
Served on a bed of Bengal Lentils courtesy of "Tasty Bite" along with some roasted cauliflower, the Indian Spiced Fried Chicken was a flavorful twist on an old favorite.
By the way, if I'd been "with it" in any way, shape or form I'd have used buttermilk and marinated the chicken overnight, but buttermilk wasn't on my shopping list so I couldn't; however, I honestly don't think it would have made a tremendous difference in the end result since the chicken was darn near perfect anyway. What can I say except I'm running a little short on modesty. Must have left it in Oregon - ya think I should go back and pick it up?
Indian Spiced Fried Chicken
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs rinsed and dried
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to
425. Cut chicken thighs in half. Beat egg and milk together and set aside. Mix
together flour, coriander, garam masala, pepper, tumeric, salt and cayenne. Dip chicken into
egg/milk mixture then coat in flour spice mixture, pressing flour onto chicken
and making sure it covers all sides. Set aside to dry for 10 minutes.
Heat a quarter inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add chicken trying not to crowd the pan and cook for 6 minutes a side until well browned. Place onto a wire rack placed over a sheet pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Serves 4
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