Fried Chicken

I started this section in honor of my Granny. These are dishes that I grew up eating on Sundays and holidays with my family. Some of these dishes might be a little more labor intensive than my usual cooking but I promise, it’ll be worth it.

Down here in Austin, my friends are my family and I wanted to treat them as such by cooking my favorite meal that my Granny makes me.

Fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

Here’s what you will need to make fried chicken. Click here for mashed potatoes (coming soon).

Chicken Breasts

Buttermilk

Flour

Season Salt (I mixed Lawry’s and Tony Chachere’s)

2 eggs

Vegetable Oil

Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts.

Slice into one inch wide strips.

Then poke the chicken with a fork (I think they call this “tenderizing”).

Next, place into a dish and cover with buttermilk.

Let this soak for a while. The longer the better. I let mine soak for almost two hours. Place in fridge while soaking.

When you are ready to start cooking, beat 2 eggs in a dish and set aside.

Then mix flour, season salt and Tony Chacere’s in a separate dish. Go easy on the seasoning or else the chicken might turn out salty.

Next transfer the chicken strips from the buttermilk pan to eggs. Completely coat with egg then cover in the flour mixture. Beware: this gets messy!

Once you have completed this step, it’s time to heat up the cooking oil. I used vegetable oil but canola oil is ok too.

Make sure that the oil is nice and hot. It will start to give off that “fried” smell. You can test the heat by placing a little piece of batter in the pan. If it immediately starts to sizzle, then your oil is ready.

Begin by placing the chicken strips into the frying pan. Be careful the oil could pop ya!

Granny said “do not crowd the chicken while it is cooking” so make sure you don’t try and overload your pan with chicken.

Cook each side until golden brown. Probably 3 minutes or so each side but use your judgment.

The oil will begin to cook off so add a little more as you cook. Be careful not to add too much oil or the temperature will drop and you’ll have to wait for the oil to heat back up again.

Its important for the oil to stay hot or else the chicken batter will get soggy, not that crisp we are looking for.

After the chicken is finished cooking, place it on a paper towel. Wait for it to cool, then serve!

It will smell so delicious that you will have a hard time waiting to eat it!

Madam Mam’s Green Curry Chicken

Remember how I said I love Thai food? Well having spent numerous years of my life combing the UT campus I came to love Madam Mam’s! I mean who doesn’t? My absolute favorite dish there is the Green Curry Chicken! Of course, I like mine spicy. As if the Thai spices they use aren’t enough… I add a little Siracha just to give it even more kick. Because its only good spicy food if it makes you cry!

I definitely prefer green curry to yellow curry. Green curry has a smoother flavor, I think, and is less pungent than yellow curry. And quite frankly, its looks more appetizing too. I have ordered this with shrimp and as a vegetarian dish and have never been disappointed.

Check out more at:

http://www.madammam.com/

ACL Eats

I wanted to share a few of my favorite eats from the Austin City Limits festival this weekend. You’ll have to forgive me but I had already taken a bite into most of these before snapping a picture. They were just so appetizing and the festival had left this little Indian famished…


I’d love to hear from you if you were at ACL and have any food favorites or photos to share!
To see what else was on the menu click here