Texas Style Hot Chicken

Texas Style Hot Chicken

texas style hot chicken

for the marinade

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 tablespoons cayenne pepper

3 1/2 pounds chicken (mix of bone-in thighs and legs)

canola oil, for frying

 

for the breading

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

large brown bag (think grocery store bag)

 

for the chili paste

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoon frying oil

3 tablespoons chili water (for recipe see below)

  1. In a long deep dish or resealable bag add the buttermilk, coriander, garlic, salt, thyme and cayenne. Mix well. Add the chicken into the marinade and marinate for 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. 1 hour before frying, remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry.
  3. 20 minutes before frying, add the flour, cayenne and salt to a large brown bag. Place the chicken into the bag and shake well to coat.
  4. Remove the chicken from the bag and lay on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, pour the oil into a large cast iron skillet. Use enough oil to submerge the chicken pieces halfway. Heat the oil to 350-400 degrees.
  6. In two batches, fry the chicken—for a total of 16 to 18 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 165°, turning and rotating chicken every 4 minutes.
  7. Remove the chicken to a clean cooling rack.
  8. Brush the desired amount of chili paste to each side of the chicken and then lightly sprinkle with salt.
  9. Serve warm with a pickle.

Chili Water

2 dried peppers (I prefer ancho and chipotle)

1 1/2 cups boiling water

  1. Pour the boiling water over the peppers and let hydrate for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove any stems from the peppers.
  3. Pour the water and peppers into a blender and puree. Strain the pureed peppers from the water.

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