Chicken Fried Chicken

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Indulge in the comforting embrace of Chicken Fried Chicken—a dish that elevates the classic fried chicken experience. This recipe guarantees golden perfection, with crispy breaded boneless, skinless chicken breasts, generously slathered in a country white gravy seasoned with a blend of fresh ground black pepper. If you’re a fan of Chicken Fried Steak, this is a must-try recipe that promises to redefine your comfort food experience.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (sliced in half horizontally)
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Gravy:

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or cooking oil used for frying or bacon fat)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1-2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally, ensuring even thickness. If needed, use a meat mallet to pound the thicker parts for uniform cooking.
  3. Set up breading stations: whisk together buttermilk and egg in one shallow bowl, and combine flour, cornstarch, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in another.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven to 325-350 degrees.
  5. Dip each chicken breast in the flour mixture, then in the buttermilk-egg mixture, and back in the flour mixture.
  6. Deep fry until golden brown on both sides, then drain excess grease on paper towels. Keep warm in the oven.
  7. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, cooking for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth, then add cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Cook until the gravy thickens.
  8. Serve the gravy over the crispy chicken.

Helpful Tips:

  • Opt for thin-cut chicken breasts or cut and pound thicker breasts for even cooking.
  • Prepare sides in advance as this recipe is quick and busy. Reheat using an air fryer if needed.
  • Adjust cayenne pepper according to taste preferences or substitute with paprika.
  • Keep chicken warm in the oven while making the gravy to maintain crispiness.
  • Use oil from frying or bacon grease for a flavorful alternative to butter in the gravy.
  • Although traditionally deep-fried, you can use a cast iron skillet or Dutch oven for shallow frying.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in an air fryer at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 949IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 2mg

Conclusion:

Delight your taste buds with this crispy chicken masterpiece paired with creamy gravy—a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. Elevate your comfort food game with this quick and easy recipe, ensuring a satisfying and memorable dining experience.

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