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Ukrainian - Baba's Fried Chicken - Smazhyna Kurka
« on: September 05, 2018, 09:12:15 PM »
Baba's Ukrainian Fried Chicken - Smazhyna Kurka

Very tasty fried chicken.

BREADING:

3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated garlic
2 Tablespoons salt
1/2 Tablespoon black pepper

CHICKEN:

1 (3 to 4 pound) chicken, cut up, with breast cut in half on the bone
Juice of 2 lemons
10 garlic cloves, minced or mashed
1 Tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

FOR THE CHICKEN:  Rinse the chicken pieces well, pat them dry, and place them in a large stainless steel or porcelain bowl.  In a mortar and pestle or in a small bowl, make a paste of the lemon juice, minced garlic, salt and pepper, and rub the paste over the chicken.  Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Bread the chicken:
  Combine the flour, granulated garlic, salt, and pepper in a paper or plastic bag.  Shake the bag to distribute the flavors evenly.  Place 1 or 2 pieces of chicken in the bag and shake until the chicken is coated well with the breading.  Repeat the process until all the chicken is breaded.

Heat the oil to a temperature of 350 degrees F. in a large pan or pot.
Fry the chicken pieces, in batches, turning frequently, until the pieces begin to float.  Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and drain it on absorbent paper.  Serve hot or at room temperature. Serves 6.

NOTE: Don't be afraid to break the chicken's crust to take the meat's internal temperature; it should read 165 degrees F. A broken crust is vastly preferable to undercooked chicken. Plan on the whole process taking around 1518 minutes, keeping in mind that white meat will cook faster than dark.