The greasy result of fast food chains deep frying chicken is quite unlike what breading and deep-frying your own chicken breasts produces. Homemade deep-fried chicken breasts have tender white meat encapsulated in a crunchy and delicious surface. The meat and breading lends itself well to a variety of seasonings and tastes. After being fried, the chicken can be eaten warm or cooled and cut up to add to salads or sandwiches.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Two chicken breasts
- Large bowl
- Two eggs
- Medium bowl
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tsp. ground onion
- 2 cups panko bread crumbs
- Large sealable plastic bag
- Electric deep fryer
- Vegetable oil
- Paper towels
Pour the buttermilk over the chicken in the large bowl. Place in the refrigerator and allow to soak overnight or for 24 hours.
Crack the two eggs in to the medium bowl. Whip them with a fork until they become frothy.
Combine the flour, garlic, onion and bread crumbs in the large bag. Seal it and shake it to thoroughly mix them.
Fill the deep fryer with oil according to the manufacturer's directions. Turn it on to preheat it to 225 degrees F.
Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, allowing most of the liquid to drip off. Coat it in the beaten eggs.
Place the coated chicken breasts, one at a time, in the bag with the flour mixture. Shake it thoroughly to cover the poultry.
Insert the chicken carefully in to the heated oil. Cook the chicken for one hour, turning it over once halfway through the cooking time, until completely browned.
Remove the chicken from the oil using the tongs. Place them on the paper towels to drain of oil and then serve.
Tips & Warnings
- The chicken breasts can also be cut in to smaller chunks to create appetizer chicken bites.
- If using milk instead of buttermilk, add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to it to curdle it and have the same tenderizing effect on the chicken.
- For a low-fat alternative, bake the breaded chicken breasts in the oven at 350 degrees Ft until cooked - about 20 to 30 minutes.
- Always be careful when working with hot oil as it can easily burn.
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