Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Björn’s Sweet and Spicy Honey
There is nothing like hot, tender, fried chicken, it's a southern classic and a perfect savory item to pair with honey. In this recipe, we use our Björn’s Sweet and Spicy Honey to complement the crispy chicken.
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs OR skin-on drumsticks
2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons ground cayenne
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups buttermilk
4-6 cloves of garlic
4 cups corn oil for deep frying chicken
Björn’s Sweet and Spicy Honey topped with ground chilies
Marinade the chicken in the buttermilk and whole garlic cloves for up to 24 hours but at least 20 min. Buttermilk will not only help tenderize but it also helps the flour stick to the chicken.
Mix flour with cayenne and salt. Coat chicken in flour mixture making sure to press flour onto the chicken. Don’t be shy, you can’t get too much coating on there and the more you get the crispier the chicken will be. Place breaded chicken on a plate or cutting board while the oil heats up.
Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan (Le Creuset or cast iron) on medium to medium-high for 2-3 min. or until it bubbles vigorously when a small piece of breading is dropped in. Once the oil is hot enough, place as much chicken in the pan as will fit without overlapping. Fry, turning and checking occasionally, for 10-15 min. or until golden brown. Once it looks golden brown, pull out a large piece and cut all the way to the bone or completely through the meat to make sure it’s white and the juices are clear.
Drain and cool the chicken on a wire rack or paper towel-lined platter.
Serve chicken with Björn’s Sweet and Spicy Honey and mashed potatoes. We like to turn up the heat even more by garnishing the Sweet and Spice Honey with dried chilies from our garden. It’s also nice to have a simple salad or steamed greens to cut the richness of the meal. You can also sprinkle the chicken with parsley to add some green to the plate. Enjoy!