Fried Chicken! There are as many ways to make this iconic dish as there are people who claim that their recipe is the greatest on the planet. While I won’t make such a bold statement, I will say this fried Chicken will rival and ‘better’ many of the recipes you’ve tried before. After-all my mommy taught me how to rock this one.
10-14 Chicken drumsticks
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 medium onion (grated)
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (I used homemade Peppersauce)
1 teaspoon Curry Powder (madras blend)
1 1/2 tablespoon corn starch
To season the oil…
- 5-8 sprigs of thyme
- 2 scotch bonnet peppers
- 1 head of garlic (cut in half – skin on)
- 3-4 cups vegetable oil
TIP! Pre-heat the oil to 350ºF – While the chicken is frying, adjust the heat to maintain 325ºF in the oil.
It’s time to season and marinate your cleaned chicken drumsticks. In a large bowl or large zipper bag, add the chicken, Caribbean Green Seasoning, salt, black pepper, pepper-sauce, curry powder, corn starch (it will give the chicken a crispy finish) and grate in the onion. Mix well and set in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours (at least).
It’s time set up your frying station and heat the oil – heavy skillet and around med-high heat. Basically I have the seasoned and marinated chicken (room temperature now), the cast iron pan and a sheet pan with a wire rack and tongs.
You have 2 options here. As the oil heats, add the garlic, thyme and scotch bonnet peppers. Or as in my case, I added the first batch of chicken to the pan, then added the garlic, scotch bonnets and thyme. Do NOT over-crowd the pan with chicken pieces or the temperature of the oil will drop and you’ll get soggy/oily chicken. Do NOT over-fill the pan with oil – leave room for when you add the chicken pieces to fry. And DO NOT break the scotch bonnet peppers, or you will release the beast.
It will take between 15-20 minutes to cook the chicken (depending on the size of the drumsticks) all the way through and do remember that as the chicken cools it will go a bit darker in color. Set on to the wire rack to drain off any excess oil and if you want you can sprinkle on some additional salt while they’re still hot. Keep in mind that I’ve cut back on the amount of salt I use in my daily diet.
Such a simple yet delicious way to prepare fried chicken as we do in Caribbean. Try to not skip seasoning the oil as I did, this adds a wonderful flavor to the completed fried chicken.