Buttermilk popcorn chicken
While we do keep well stocked up on home made chicken nuggets for the kids, this one is for those special occasions when extra tender, extra crisp chicken is required. Buttermilk because this tenderises the meat through its mild acidity. Popcorn because a little baking soda adds a bubbly lightness to the coating. The crispy crumb can be seasoned heavily – paprika, garlic powder, chilli, whatever you fancy – and breaks open to a pull apart tender piece of chicken. Of course you can be a purist and dip these in ketchup, but we had some preserved lemon slices as well, the sweet acidity of which works well here. Serve with salad if you want to be healthy, fries if you are on an all out comfort-foodfest.
- 1 cup (200ml) buttermilk (or you can use full fat milk, add a squeeze of lemon and leave to stand for half an hour).
- 4 Chicken Breasts
- 1 cup (125g) plain (all purpose) flour
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- half teaspoon paprika
- half teaspoon onion powder
- half teaspoon garlic powder
- half teaspoon baking soda
- salt and pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Oil for frying
- Chop the chicken and put it in the buttermilk in a plastic container.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least for 2 hours)
- Combine the flour and spices, condiments, baking soda, salt and pepper
- Split this into 2 plates
- Beat the 2 eggs and add a tablespoon milk, place the bowl between the 2 plates of spiced flour.
- Toss the chicken pieces in the flour, then dip in egg and transfer to the second plate of flour.
- Heat the oil and fry the chicken, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until the pieces are piping hot inside. Depending on the size of the pieces this may be between 10 and 20 minutes.
- If you prefer not to deep fry, preheat oven to 200Deg C (390DegF)
- Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan, and lightly brown the chicken pieces a few at a time then place in an oven tray and bake until the chicken is golden and cooked through - around 20 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the meat is cooked and piping hot inside.