Every now and then you just have to indulge yourself. My infrequent, but always amazingly delicious and maybe not so super healthy, indulgences are things like eggs fried in bacon drippings. Yes, these eggs take me home country road, to when I grew up in those coalfields and majestic mountains of Southern West Virginia. Another indulgence? OMG, yes, chipped beef on toast. Oh, the gravy. And, maybe once a year, sausage gravy and biscuits. Of course, another infrequent, albeit divine, cuisine indulgence. Fried chicken!
Now this creole fried chicken is half fry and half bake. So maybe we get a few extra brownie points for not being totally fried! You know, life is about moderation. And, in this moderation of making wise choices, you an have on occasion some of those forbidden things you love to eat. As I’ve gotten older, I also find that I pick and choose what my splurges are foodwise. So whether you want something that’s decadently sugary like a big piece of homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing or this creole fried chicken, just remember, you can’t have both!
Once you coat the chicken with spices and a dusting of flour, which you shake shake shake before putting in the hot oil to flash fry, you’re gonna just get that light golden brown coating. You’ve seared in the juiciness and as the chicken bakes in a hot oven, almost like ‘air frying’, you finish the cooking of it. Now, I haven’t tried this recipe in an air fryer, but you might give it a whirl. You could even omit the flour coating step and see what kind of crunch you get. That’s what cooking’s all about. Trying new things. Experimenting and having a good ol’ time!
I love serving fried chicken with coleslaw. Here are few of my fabulous recipes! And, corn on the cob is a great side, but so are crispy roasted potatoes or maybe green beans or both! My parting thoughts are MODERATION, my luvs! When you practice that in life, you’re not denying yourself much of anything! xoxo ~ally