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Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken With Caramelized Honey and Spice Recipe

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This fried chicken is coated with a layer of super-light, extra-crunchy craggy-ness thanks to a tight packing of Italian fine “00” (doppio-zero) flour, coupled with a low-temperature shallow fry. It’s finished with a drizzle of toasted-honey butter, allowing the hot and flavorful spice dust to stick to every nook and cranny. It’s also no coincidence that this recipe, when made alongside Stella’s buttermilk waffle recipe, uses exactly one quart of buttermilk in total. So fire up those waffle makers.

Ingredients

  • For the Buttermilk Brine:
  • One 2 1/2– to 3 1/2–pound (1.1 to 1.6kg) chicken
  • 2 1/4 cups (540g) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (130g) Frank’s RedHot hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2g) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) kosher salt (see note)
  • For Frying:
  • 5 cups (1.1kg) peanut or safflower oil
  • 2 1/2 cups (375g) Italian 00 flour (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • For the Honey-Butter Drizzle:
  • 1/3 cup (120g) clover honey
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) water
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons (50g) butter
  • For the Spice Dust:
  • 10 árbol chilies (about 6g)
  • 12 Kashmiri red chilies (18g)
  • 2 pieces (2g) star anise
  • 1 black cardamom pod (2g), inner seeds only
  • One 2-inch piece cinnamon (4g)
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon (5g) Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons (6g) porcini mushroom powder
  • To Serve (Optional, but Recommended!):
  • Buttermilk Vanilla Waffles

Directions

  1. 1.

    To Prepare and Brine the Chicken: Using a chef’s knife, break the chicken down into 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, and 2 wings and divide each breast half in half (making 4 breast pieces in total); leave all pieces bone-in. Split backbone crosswise into 2 pieces and reserve the neck if you choose to fry it as well. (Both the backbone and the neck are optional pieces with very little meat, but fried-chicken-crust lovers will adore them.)

  2. 2.

    In a large lidded container or mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, hot sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt. Add chicken to buttermilk brine, making sure it is fully coated and submerged; cover with lid or plastic wrap. Alternatively, you can place the brine and chicken in a heavy-duty zipper-lock bag and place the bag in a dish to catch any leaks. Place in refrigerator and marinate overnight for at least 8 hours and no more than 12 hours.

  3. 3.

    For Frying: Fill a 12-inch cast iron skillet with oil. (If using a skillet of a different size, increase or reduce the amount of oil to fill it halfway up.) Attach a clip-on thermometer and preheat the oil to 325°F (163°C), keeping the burner at medium-high heat. Line one sheet tray with paper towels and set a wire rack in another sheet tray.

  4. 4.

    Whisk together the 00 flour and salt. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of buttermilk brine into the flour and gently toss. Working with one piece of chicken at a time, lift chicken from buttermilk and immediately place it in flour with your “wet” hand. Using your other, “dry” hand, bury the chicken and press flour into all sides, packing tightly to form large clumps of flour coating each piece. Lift chicken out of flour and shake to remove any loose flour before placing into the hot oil. Proceed with remaining pieces, first frying the legs and thighs in one batch, then frying the breast, wings, and backbone (if using) in the

  5. 5.

    Once the chicken is added to the oil, the temperature will drop to between 250 and 275°F (121 and 135°C). Do not increase the heat to compensate; just allow the oil temperature to gradually return to 325°F (163°C) as the chicken cooks. The temperature should be up to 300°F (148°C) after 10 minutes; if not, increase the heat. Fry, turning, until deeply golden brown all over, with extra-dark bits where the chicken makes contact with the pan, about 8 minutes per side for legs and thighs and about 6 minutes per side for wings, breasts, and backbones.

  6. 6.

    As each piece of chicken is ready, remove from oil to the paper towel–lined sheet tray and season immediately with kosher salt. Transfer chicken to wire rack to rest.

  7. 7.

    Meanwhile, for the Honey-Butter Drizzle: Add honey to a 1-quart saucepan and caramelize over medium-high heat until deep, nutty brown, with an aroma of burnt sugar. Remove from heat and add water. Return to heat and add butter, stirring until incorporated. Set aside.

  8. 8.

    For the Spice Dust: Remove stems and seeds from chilies by cutting them open with kitchen shears over a wire rack set over a sheet tray. In a small sauté pan over medium heat, toast chilies until fragrant, warm to the touch, and pliable. Set aside. In the same pan, toast star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon for 30 seconds before adding cumin and Sichuan peppercorns. Toast until fragrant and warm to the touch. In a spice grinder, grind toasted chilies and spices together until fine. Mix in mushroom powder. S

  9. 9.

    To Serve: Just before serving, drizzle each piece of chicken with honey butter and generously sprinkle on spice dust. Serve with buttermilk waffles, if desir

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Thai-Style Grilled Chicken (Gai Yang) Recipe

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Thai-style grilled chicken, coated in a marinade flavored with cilantro, white pepper, and fish sauce, is one of the tastiest things you’ll ever pull off your grill. There’s a reason you can’t walk more than a few blocks in Bangkok without catching a whiff of its intense aroma. Here’s how to make it in your own backyard.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium cloves garlic
  • 12 sprigs cilantro, including thick stalks
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) palm or light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) dark soy sauce
  • 2 (3-inch) segments lemongrass (optional)
  • 1 whole chicken, spine removed, split in half along the breastbone
  • 1 recipe Thai-Style Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine garlic, cilantro, sugar, white pepper, coriander, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and lemongrass (if using) in the bowl of a food processor. Process until a rough paste is formed. Set aside.

  2. 2.

    Place chicken halves flat on a cutting board. Insert 2 metal skewers into each chicken half, running parallel through legs and breasts. Transfer chicken to a baking dish that just fits them. Rub on all surfaces with marinade. Cover, transfer to refrigerator, and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.

  3. 3.

    When ready to cook, light 1 chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate.

  4. 4.

    Place chicken, skin side up, on cooler side of grill, with legs facing toward hotter side. Cover grill, with vents on lid open and aligned over chicken. Open bottom vents of grill. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 140°F (60°C), about 45 minutes. Carefully flip chicken and place, skin side down, on hotter side of grill, with breasts pointed toward cooler side. Cover and cook until skin is crisp and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of breast registers 145 to 150°F (63 to 66°C), about 3 minutes longer. (Be careful, as the skin is very prone to burning.) If chicken threatens to burn before temperature is achieved, carefully slide to cooler side of grill, cover, and continue to cook until done. Do not leave lid off for longer than it takes to check temperature, or chicken will burn.

  5. 5.

    Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Carve and serve with chili dipping sauce.

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Grilled Cornish Hens with Lemon and Rosemary Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cornish hens, about 1 pound each
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon juice and 1 tablespoon zest from 1 lemon
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced on a microplane grater
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. 1.

    Pat hens dry with paper towels and place breast-side-down on a large cutting board. Using sharp kitchen shears, remove the backbone by cutting along either side of it. Turn chicken over and lay out flat. Press firmly on breast to flatten the chicken. For added stability, run a metal or wooden skewer horizontally, entering through one thigh, going through both breast halves, and exiting through the other thigh. Tuck wing tips behind back of breasts. Repeat with remaining hens.

  2. 2.

    Combine salt, pepper, rosemary, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil in a small bowl and stir with fingers until homogenous. Rub mixture evenly over all surfaces of hens.

  3. 3.

    Light one half chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

  4. 4.

    Place hens skin-side-up directly over the coals. Cover and cook until lightly charred on bottom, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip birds skin-side-down. Cover and continue to cook until golden brown, crisp, charred in spots, and center of breasts registers 145 to 150°F on an instant read thermometer, about 15 minutes longer. If birds threaten to burn before temperature is achieved, carefully slide to cooler side of grill, cover, and cook until done. Remove from grill, let rest 5 minutes, and serve.

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Dinner Tonight: Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

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For those who think fried chicken is a strictly Southern thing, it might be time to expand your horizons. Koreans have their own style of fried chicken, which is rapidly making inroads Stateside and which is absolutely delicious. Though it’s similar enough to its U.S. counterpart, it also has a hallmark cooking technique that differentiates it and gives the chicken an amazing texture: double frying.

Much like perfect french fries, double-frying ensures that the chicken is completely cooked through in the first stage and perfectly crisped in the second. Rather than let the crackling thick skin just be, as on Southern fried chicken, the Korean version allows it to absorb an intoxicating cocktail of flavors: ginger, soy, sesame oil, honey, and the one hard-to-find ingredient, gojujang, a pungent, spicy bean paste. (Look for it in an Asian grocery store; or, you can order it online here or here.)

The result is a marvelous combination of flavor and texture: juicy, crisp, sweet, and hot.

Ingredients

  • 16 chicken wings
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2-inch piece peeled ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2⁄3 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions

  1. 1.

    Remove the tip of each chicken wing and cut in half at the joint to create 2 pieces. In a heavy pot such as a dutch oven, pour in canola oil to a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°F.

  2. 2.

    In the meantime, pulse the ginger and garlic in a food processor until minced, then add the soy, gojujang, vinegar, oil, and honey. (You might start with half the gojujang and then add it to taste; different brands have varying levels of spiciness).

  3. 3.

    In a large bowl, whisk the cornstarch, flour, and water together to make a loose paste. Add the chicken wings and toss well to coat. Fry the chicken in batches for 6 minutes, until golden, then drain on paper towels and bring the oil back up to 350°F. Fry for a second time until it is crisp, 6 to 8 minutes more. Drain on paper towels, toss with the sauce, and serve.

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