I love fried chicken, but I feel guilty if I make it more than once every few years. So when I came across this lighter version I had to try it – and it did not disappoint! The spices in the coating were fabulous, and it was moist and crispy without being greasy.
This is definitely going to be on regular rotation in our house!
1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 bone-in chicken breast halves, skinned 2 bone-in chicken thighs, skinned 2 chicken drumsticks, skinned 1/4 cup peanut oil (I used canola)
1. Sift together first 6 ingredients; place mixture in a large zip-top plastic bag. Sprinkle salt evenly over chicken. Add chicken, one piece at a time, to bag; seal. Shake bag to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour. Place chicken on a cooling rack; place rack in a jelly-roll pan. Reserve remaining flour mixture. Loosely cover chicken; chill 1 1/2 hours. Let chicken stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Return chicken, one piece at a time, to flour mixture, shaking bag to coat chicken. Discard excess flour mixture.
2. Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes or until done, carefully turning every 5 minutes.
3. Line a clean cooling rack with brown paper bags; arrange chicken in a single layer on bags. Let stand for 5 minutes.