Crispy fried chicken coated in a polenta batter with succulent buttermilk soaked chicken meat. This is the ultimate comfort food!
I have added to my little brood of dependents……. two kids, a dog, baby avocado trees, kombucha scoby and now kefir grains. For those of you who have not yet heard of kefir grains, they look a little like a really tiny cauliflower and are a live culture containing a heap of beneficial bacteria. In just a few days when added to cream or milk they create cultured cream or milk that is great for your health in a similar way to yoghurt. I am using mine to make cultured butter a couple of times a week. The bi product of this is cultured buttermilk and so discovering a whole heap of buttermilk recipes, just so we don’t start consuming copious amounts of buttermilk pancakes.
This dish requires a bit of time for the brining and buttermilk soaking, but is well worth it! This chicken will be the juiciest you have ever made. You could really use any piece of chicken you like and is perfect with coleslaw.
buttermilk chicken drumsticks
8 chicken drumsticks
5 tbsp salt (for brining)
½ cup / 100g polenta
¾ cup / 100g plain flour
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp dried thyme
rice bran oil for shallow frying
Add the salt and water to a saucepan over med-high heat until salt dissolves. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until chilled.
Add the chicken, ensuring it is fully submerged, cover and return to the refrigerator to brine for 2 hours.
Drain the chicken really well and then add to a bowl with the buttermilk. Toss the pieces to ensure each is well coated. Cover and return to the refrigerator for another 2 hours.
On a plate or large bowl, combine the polenta, flour, paprika, thyme, salt and pepper. Shake off any excess buttermilk and toss each piece of chicken through this mix.
Pre heat oven to 180°C and heat 3cm of oil in a large frypan over med-high heat until it is just simmering. Fry 3-4 pieces of chicken at a time, turning often, for about 10 minutes then drain well on paper towel. Place in oven for a further 10 minutes to ensure they are cooked through.