Fried Chicken with Strawberry Dipper

  • Yield: servings

Ingredients

1-- (2 1/2 lb) package drum & thighs skinned and save the skin
3cups buttermilk
3cups all purpose flour
2teaspoons chipotle Chile powder
1teaspoon kosher salt
1/2teaspoon black pepper
2teaspoons brown sugar
1cup peanut oil you may not need all of i teaspoon

Instructions

Clean, wash and dry chicken and remove the skins. Set the skins aside. In a large bowl pour butter milk and place chicken in the buttermilk and let stand for 30 minutes. In the mean time in a large cast iron skillet warm up and spray with non stick spray. Now over medium heat put the chicken skins in the pan and render all the fat out then remove the skins from the pan. While the fat is rendering get a long baking pan and place flour, chile powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar Whisk it together well. Now check your fat if you have enough you need not use your oil. Sometimes there just simply is not enough fat for frying. If that be the case add about 1/2 cup of the oil at a time to your pan. Then take chicken from the buttermilk one piece at a time and dip into the flour mixture and then repeat the process, you will want to double bread your chicken. As you finish with the batter put chicken into a 350 degrees heated pan. When all the chicken is in put a lid on the pan. Keep a close eye on the chicken. If you try to turn the chicken and the breading starts to come off it is not ready to be turned. As your chicken gets done you will want to place it on a crumpled piece of foil in a low heat oven to keep warm. Now for the strawberry jam dipping sauce. I use homemade jam you can use store bought sauce. When serving chicken place a monkey dish of hot jam to dip it in it brings a whole new life to chicken.
If you want to make a medium batch of homemade here is my recipe

4 pints fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
6 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg

In a heavy bottom pot over medium high heat and stirring often place all of the above ingredients. Cook for about 40 minute to and hour until it is thick.