RECIPE: Boneless Crispy Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken. What more can I say than there is nothing more satisfying and comforting than a perfectly-seasoned chicken leg, juicy on the inside and perfectly crispy and non-greasy on the outside. Fried chicken used to be dish for special occasions. Chickens were not being mass-produced and were more valued as egg producers. Today, thanks to increased supply and demand, fried chicken is one of the more affordable and tastiest dishes to create for a family to share, say for a Sunday-night dinner.

After trying many recipes that included brining, marinating in buttermilk and even steaming, I have finally perfected the seasoning for this fried chicken and believe it or not, I use Mayonnaise to marinate my chicken. Sounds crazy right? I thought so too but it works, you’ll see!

Ingredients:

 FOR THE MARINADE

  • 3 lbs boneless chicken and thighs [cut into one-inch pieces]
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp mustard [the yellow one]
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 5 tsp salt

FOR DREDGING

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 3 cups ice cold water

FOR FRYING

  • 1 litre Canola Oil
  • Marinate the chicken with one mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, mustard and black pepper. Leave for 2 hours at least.
  • Then, take 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Add salt, pepper and paprika (half tsp each) to it too. In a bowl take ice cold water and put aside.
  • Now comes the assembly. Take a piece of marinated chicken, toss is in the seasoned flour, dust off extra flour and then quickly dip in cold water and toss it back into flour.
  • Deep fry in oil heated at 350°F for 5 – 8 minutes. I use my deep fryer for this.

That’s it! Delicious crispy fried chicken is ready. Enjoy it hot, with a side of French fries or vegetables and a fresh coleslaw!

TIP

  • You can also use a large freezer bag to coat your chicken in flour.
  • Don’t overcrowd your chicken. It should take you at least 4-5 batches to fry this chicken.
  • If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can easily use a heavy base pot to fry your chicken.