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Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses + BHM Virtual Potluck

Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses + BHM Virtual Potluck

It’s Black History Month!!! [Hands Raised]

It’s BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!! May the soul train lines commence. YAASSS!!! Right now a celebration of Black History just feels necessary with everything thing thats been going on in the last year. Whether you are apart of the black community or a distant cousin (’cause you know we’re all related) this is an awesome time to honor and celebrate our history, fortitude and future promise.

This Black History Month I feel like our nation needs a good ole’ family picnic which may sound crazy but follow me. If you’ve ever been to a black family picnic, reunion or potluck you know how amazing it is to see everyone come together. At the annual picnic everyone’s differences go out the door. All kinds of family members come out the woodworks and you get connected with distant cousins you didn’t even know you had. Somehow you find a common thread that unites you amongst strangers. Then all the stories of family history and childhood memories resurface and all at once you are humbled knowing where you came from isn’t where your are today. It’s a beautiful thing.

And if you haven’t experienced one just know that at every black family picnic a few of the same things always occur:

 

1. Crazy Uncle Cleophus

Every family picnic has that distant uncle Cleophus who wears the most outrageous getup, does a one-legged jig to the old school hits, and inappropriately checks out all the women.

 

2. Synchronized Dancing

Every year you typically take part in a massive group Electric Slide with that one family member who throws off the synchronization because they can’t keep the beat.

 

3. OG Potluck Spread

Food is always at the forefront with potluck style contributions from all the OG grandmas and aunties. They bring out their most acclaimed dishes – the good and  the bad. But you always know which auntie’s potato salad to stay away from because it just never turns out quite right.

Fortunately, this time around you don’t have to worry about trying any of your family members questionable dishes because I, along with 27 of the best black food bloggers from around the globe have come together to share our favorite recipes for a Black History Month Virtual Potluck. From West African to Creole, Caribbean to Southern there is something for everybody; with each blogger contributing their very own culturally inspired recipe. And the best part is that there is a dope dish for each day of Black History Month, across a number of dietary categories: Meat Entrees, Seafood Entrees, Vegetarian Entrees, Beverages and Desserts. You must check out each of these bloggers and try their amazing recipes down below. [JUMP DOWN TO LIST]

I’m bringing Fried Chicken to the Potluck

Yeah I said it, I’m bringing the Fried Chicken. And I am taking it up a notch with tips on how to achieve the crispiest skin and a recipe for silky, sweet Pepper Jelly Molasses that is to die for.

Want flavorful, extra crispy skin? I got you! Follow these tips and you’ll get perfection every time:

  1. Marinate chicken in buttermilk for at least 4 hours.
  2. Generously season flour and egg wash.
  3. Double dredge chicken using brown paper bag.
  4. Don’t crowd the frying pan, cook in batches.
  5. Use candy thermometer to manage oil temperature.
  6. Rest chicken on wire rack instead of paper towel.

Finally, if you are really are trying to “show out” drizzle on a little bit of this pepper jelly molasses. The rich earthy flavor of the molasses paired with the tangy spiced jelly really takes you down home. Believe me you can’t go wrong with this homemade goodness because my contribution to the potluck is definitely a crowd pleaser.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL POTLUCK

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RECIPE

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Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses
 
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If you are looking for the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken you won't find a better recipe. The addition of the Pepper Jelly Molasses takes your tastebuds straight to the south.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Southern
Serves: 3 - 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 quart of buttermilk
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce, divided
  • Kosher Salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 clean brown paper bag
  • 4 lbs bone-in, skin-on breasts, legs, drumsticks, and/or wings
  • 4 cups peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable shortening
Seasoning blend
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1½ tablespoon onion powder
  • 1½ tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon lemon pepper
  • ½ of a teaspoon of cumin
  • ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric
Pepper Jelly Molasses
    Makes: ½ cup
    • 6 tablespoons Tabasco pepper jelly
    • ¼ cup unsalted chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • ¼ cup molasses
    • juice of 1 lime
    Instructions
    1. To make spice blend: in a small bowl thoroughly sift or whisk together onion powder, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and turmeric.
    2. To brine chicken: in a large air tight container or freezer bag add buttermilk, 3 tablespoons of kosher salt, 2 tablespoons of spice blend and ¼ cup of hot sauce and whisk together. Completely submerge chicken in buttermilk brine and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. This is an optional (but highly recommended) step.
    3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk brine, allowing excess buttermilk to drip off. Do not rinse the chicken. Use 3 tablespoons of spice blend to generously season both sides of all the chicken pieces.
    4. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, 3 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of spice blend and set aside.
    5. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 2 tablespoons of salt, and ¼ cup of spice blend. Pour flour mix in brown paper bag. Drop the seasoned chicken into the bag of flour, and shake to coat. Do this in batches of 3-4 pieces at a time to give ample space for coating. Once each piece is thoroughly coated place it on parchment paper.
    6. To double dredge completely dip coated chicken in egg mix and then shake off the excess egg mixture. In batches, place chicken back into the brown paper bag of flour. Give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again then shake off excess flour.
    7. Heat your oil to 375°F in a 12-inch straight-sided cast-iron chicken fryer or a large skillet medium-high heat. Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain the temperature. Place the chicken skin side down into the pan. Temperature should drop to a maintained 350°F. Put thighs in the center, and breast and legs around the edge of the pan. The oil should come half way up the pan. Cook chicken approximately 8 - 10 minutes per side or until golden brown. More importantly, the internal temperature should be right around 165°F.
    8. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part should register 165°F. Season with salt and serve warm.
    9. To make Pepper Jelly Molasses: in a skillet over medium heat add all ingredients and whisk until mixture boils. Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Pour over fried chicken or serve on the side.
    Notes
    Step #2 Buttermilk Brine: Brine and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. This is an optional (but highly recommended) step.
     

    Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses + BHM Virtual Potluck

    Prep Time: 4 hours

    Cook Time: 45 minutes

    Total Time: 4 hours, 45 minutes

    Serving Size: 3-4

    Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses + BHM Virtual Potluck

    Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses - If you are looking for the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken you won't find a better recipe. The addition of the Pepper Jelly Molasses takes your tastebuds straight to the south.

    Ingredients

    • !Buttermilk Marinade
    • 1 quart of buttermilk
    • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon Louisiana Hot Sauce, divided
    • Kosher Salt
    • 3 eggs
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 cup of cornstarch
    • 5 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 clean brown paper bag
    • 4 lbs bone-in, skin-on breasts, legs, drumsticks, and/or wings
    • 4 cups peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable shortening
    • Seasoning blend
    • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
    • 1½ tablespoon onion powder
    • 1½ tablespoon of garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon of coarsely ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
    • ½ tablespoon lemon pepper
    • ½ of a teaspoon of cumin
    • ¼ of a teaspoon of turmeric
    • Pepper Jelly Molasses
    • Makes: ½ cup
    • 6 tablespoons Tabasco pepper jelly
    • ¼ cup unsalted chicken stock
    • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • ¼ cup molasses
    • juice of 1 lime

    Instructions

    1. To make spice blend: in a small bowl thoroughly sift or whisk together onion powder, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, lemon pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and turmeric.
    2. To brine chicken: in a large air tight container or freezer bag add buttermilk, 3 tablespoons of kosher salt, 2 tablespoons of spice blend and ¼ cup of hot sauce and whisk together. Completely submerge chicken in buttermilk brine and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. This is an optional (but highly recommended) step.
    3. Remove chicken from the buttermilk brine, allowing excess buttermilk to drip off. Do not rinse the chicken. Use 3 tablespoons of spice blend to generously season both sides of all the chicken pieces.
    4. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, 3 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of spice blend and set aside.
    5. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, 2 tablespoons of salt, and ¼ cup of spice blend. Pour flour mix in brown paper bag. Drop the seasoned chicken into the bag of flour, and shake to coat. Do this in batches of 3-4 pieces at a time to give ample space for coating. Once each piece is thoroughly coated place it on parchment paper.
    6. To double dredge completely dip coated chicken in egg mix and then shake off the excess egg mixture. In batches, place chicken back into the brown paper bag of flour. Give it a second shake to coat chicken pieces again then shake off excess flour.
    7. Heat your oil to 375°F in a 12-inch straight-sided cast-iron chicken fryer or a large skillet medium-high heat. Adjust the heat as necessary to maintain the temperature. Place the chicken skin side down into the pan. Temperature should drop to a maintained 350°F. Put thighs in the center, and breast and legs around the edge of the pan. The oil should come half way up the pan. Cook chicken approximately 8 - 10 minutes per side or until golden brown. More importantly, the internal temperature should be right around 165°F.
    8. Transfer the chicken to a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part should register 165°F. Season with salt and serve warm.
    9. To make Pepper Jelly Molasses: in a skillet over medium heat add all ingredients and whisk until mixture boils. Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce thickens. Pour over fried chicken or serve on the side.

    Notes

    Step #2 Buttermilk Brine: Brine and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. This is an optional (but highly recommended) step.

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    1. Meiko And The Dish | Rosemary Fried Chicken with Serrano Honey
    2. Whisk It Real Gud | Trinidad Oxtail Pelau
    3. Raised on Ramen | Caramelized Plantain Tacos with Pecan-Honey Butter
    4. Dash of Jazz | Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler
    5. Foodie In New York | TBD
    6. The Seasoning Bottle | Jamaican Sorrel/Bissap
    7. Chef Kenneth | Smothered Okra with Shrimp
    8. Savory Spicerack | Po Boys with Cajun Tempura Shrimp
    9. Chocolate For Basil | Groundnut Stew (Peanut Stew)
    10. Simply LaKita | Banana Pudding
    11. My Forking Life | Callaloo and saltfish
    12. Gucci Belly | Swamp Water
    13. Kaluhi’s Kitchen | Ukwaju (Tamarind) marinated spicy chicken thigh
    14. Sweet Savant | Coffee rubbed lamb ribs
    15. Salty Sweet Life | Southern Greens Shakshuka
    16. Drink.Frolic. | Maple roasted Brussels sprouts
    17. I Heart Recipes | Dirty Rice
    18. Jehan Can Cook | Mango Tumeric Smoothie
    19. Margarita’s On The Rocks | Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos w/ Collard Green Slaw
    20. A Soulful Twist | Slow- Cooker Gumbo (Gluten-free)
    21. The Kitchenista Diaries | Coconut Milk Roasted Collard Greens
    22. My Life Runs On Food | Carrot Cake Inspired Waffles
    23. Butter Be Ready | Skillet Cornbread
    24. Domestic Dee | Shrimp Creole
    25. D.M.R. Fine Foods | Curry Chicken Pot Pie
    26. The Inner Gourmet | Lamb Fried Rice
    27. Marisa Moore Nutrition | Recipe TBD
    28. The Hungry Hutch | Blood Orange Corn Cake

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    Cuisine: Southern
    Ingredients
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    • Flour
    • Corn Starch
    • Eggs
    Instructions
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