Fried Chicken: A Migratory Bird?

There's just something about fried chicken. We know it's bad for us, yet we just can't resist the tempation to eat it. If you're echoing my thoughts, you're not alone. The New York Times just featured an article exploring the migration trends of fried chicken. Apparently this traditionally Southern dish is migrating North fast and furious, already flooding the trendy neighborhoods of New York City with it's tasty goodness.

While some claim this Southern favorite has no flavor once fried, critics warn there's more to fried chicken than crust. Ethnic cuisines are embracing this tasty entree, adding their own spices and flavors to make it their own, for example the spicy dark meat fryers in Korean-influenced glaze at NYC's Momofuku.

In Seattle, I'm a fan of the fried chicken at Kingfish Cafe, a Southern haunt in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. I'm a little afraid to try a fryer solo, but I'm up to a challenge. Anyone have a fried chicken recipe worth a share?

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5 comments

Thao said...

Oh, goodness--you just made me really hungry all of a sudden. I don't fry chicken, but I sure wish I knew someone who did!

Rachel said...

I love good fried chicken. It actually isn't too scary to make (I've only done it once, after many years of watching my mom do it, but it was successful). You don't need a deep fryer, just a nice large cast iron skillet and some Crisco. I wish I had a good recipe to point you towards, but I'll have to pry it out of my mom sometime.

Vivian said...

Fried chicken is not very popular up here in French Canada (in the sense that we did not grow up eating it too often), but it is tasty. In Korea, we'd go to these "fried chicken and beer" joints, and it was so yummy!! Okay, not the healthiest combination, but soooo good.

Brynn said...

Kingfish fried chicken is delicious, but so is everything else on the menu! I am still waiting to try their red velvet cake!

sashyjane said...

as a through and through southerner who loves to cook, i say that fried chicken is not worth the mess and worry that comes with cooking it when you can just buy some of the deliciousness already fried. however, we have fried chicken restaurants on every corner so it's easy to get...

but if you get up the nerve, alton brown's recipe is pretty classic and good.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/fried-chicken-recipe/index.html