Life Eat & Drink Dish of the day: Buttermilk fried chicken

Dish of the day: Buttermilk fried chicken

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Buttermilk fried chicken with chipotle mayonnaise

Serves 4


  • 2 cups (500 ml/17 fl oz) buttermilk
  • 1/2 onion, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon mild sweet paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1.5 kg (3 lb 5 oz) chicken thigh and drumstick pieces, skin on
  • vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • lime wedges, to serve

Spice Coating

  • 2 cups (300 g/10 1/2 oz)
  • plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 tablespoon mild sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Chipotle Mayonnaise

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml/12 1/2 fl oz) light olive oil
  • 1 chipotle chilli in 2 teaspoons
  • adobo sauce, puréed
  • sea salt

Combine the buttermilk, onion, oregano, paprika and garlic in a medium-sized bowl. Add the chicken pieces, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and drain in a colander. Strain the buttermilk into a medium-sized bowl, discarding the solids.
Combine the spice-coating ingredients in a large zip-lock bag. Add the chicken pieces, a few at a time, and shake to coat. Dip the chicken in the reserved buttermilk and coat again in the spiced flour. Arrange on a wire rack and set aside for 15 minutes, to dry slightly.
Meanwhile make the mayonnaise: whisk the egg yolks, mustard and lime juice together in a small bowl. Gradually pour in the oil, whisking continuously, until thick. Add the chipotle and adobo purée and stir to combine. Season with salt. Transfer to a small serving bowl, cover and refrigerate.
Two-thirds fill a deep-fryer or a large heavy-based saucepan with vegetable oil and heat to 190°C Place a clean wire rack on a baking tray, for draining. Cook the chicken in batches for 8–10 minutes, until crisp, goldenbrown and the juices run clear when a skewer is inserted into the thickest part of the flesh. Drain on the rack.
Serve hot with chipotle mayonnaise and lime wedges.

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This recipe first appeared in Great Pub Food by Rachael Lane ($34.95).


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