Ad Hoc Fried Chicken

After reviewing some of my eats the last couple days, I am realizing my weight gain has everything to do with what I am eating.  Saturday for lunch Tony and I went ot Nozumi for their calamari fries.  Holy cow, I dream about these fries – lightly battered and then mixed with a shaved vinegar slaw with spicy dipping sauce. 

I stole that picture from Google images since I accidentally erased the pictures I took. 😦  While that in and of itself isn’t too bad, we also had huge sea scallops that were served over crab risotto – and then I thought “I’ll get the spicy chicken bento box!”  Um, yeah – it comes with miso soup, tempura shrimp and veggies and spicy chicken – I did eat my greens on the plate – I love the radish dressing that comes on Asian salads.

Then Saturday night was ribs.  Oh, and yesterday at lunch for twinfest?  I ate tortilla chips, fresh veggies dipped in a dill sauce, and had 1 1/2 slices of sausage and pepperoni deep dish pizza. 

It’s so funny, but growing up I hated deep dish pizza.  The first thing I would do is take a fork and scrape off all the chunky tomatoes.  Now I realize it makes the pizza.

Oh, and I made fried chicken last night!  Not just any fried chicken.  It was Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Kit I got from Williams-Sonoma in the discount bin.  It only cost me $3.75, and Tony and I agreed it was about the best damn fried chicken we’ve ever had at home.

But I have to warn you, there is some planning involved in making this fried chicken.  First off, it comes with a brining spice pack.  You need to boil that and let it cool for 2 hours before adding the chicken for a 12 hour soak.

Then yesterday morning, you drain and rinse the chicken, pat it dry, and leave it in the fridge another 8 hours.  The package said to let the chicken sit out for 2 hours before frying, but I left it out for only an hour – I am not sure what another hour sitting out would have done?

Then dunk the chicken in buttermilk, then into the prepackaged coating mix  – it made it clear NOT to shake off any of the excess coating.  I also fried it at a much lower temperature – 330 degrees.  I cooked the dark meat for 14 minutes, and the white meat for 12 minutes. 

The outside was super crunchy, the chicken was so tender and flavorful from the brine – perfection.  And guess what?  Tony will actually eat these leftover! 😀

Let’s just say I am happy the kit came with two mixes so we can make it again – just not this week.  I think I’ll be staying away from deep dish pizza, ribs and fried chicken for a while.  Why does tasty food always have to have so many calories?!

I am off to the gym to swim – gotta work off my weekend eats!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite – deep dish or thin crust??

Make it a great day!


25 thoughts on “Ad Hoc Fried Chicken

  1. I don’t like pizza, sorry. In fact that picture of the deep dish squees me out a bit [no offense] heehee

    Your chicken is amazing. That is a lot of work for fried chicken, but is sounds fabulous. I bet you could read the ingredients and make up the brine and the coating yourself – you are creative that way. 🙂

    Sometimes we use our leftover fried chicken to make chicken salad, right after we eat all the skin off of it. YUM!

  2. Holy cow! That fried chicken looks amazing! My Grandma’s chicken involved soaking, I’ve never fried chicken in my life! And I prefer deep dish, but usually eat thin crust for the calorie factor. So wish I didn’t have to worry constantly about what I eat!

  3. Ooooh, I love deep dish pizza! So good. That fried chicken looks fantastic too. 🙂

  4. I love thin crust, but I can’t resist a slice of deep dish from a great pizza place! YUM!!

  5. I want that fried chicken. Now. For breakfast.

  6. I’ve miss your blog so much!!

    I still don’t like deep dish pizza, and always scrape the sauce off the top :/ However that chicken looks amazing!

  7. Mmmmm. The chicken turned out perfect!! I am a total thin crust girl. But i will take extra chunk tomato on it-yum. Have a good week

  8. Used to love deep dish, but the thighs love it too. Now it’s thin crust all the way!

    Have you ever thought of working with a nutritionist? I’m on weight watchers online again, but I think I’m going to give it a month, then go back to the plan I went on right after I had my baby. It’s an online program from a nutritionist (so it’s personalized). I chose it because my friend is the company owner (and dietitian, though there are several dietitians now). What I like about her plan is the lists of everyday foods, once in awhile foods (2-3xa week), and special occasion foods (once a month or less). When I have a hard time losing weight, like you I can look at what I’m eating and see it right away. Too much: wine, chocolate, cheese for me.

  9. I just bought chickens on sale at the grocery store specificially because I hope to make fried chicken at least one time before the summeris over! Probably as a Saturday date/splurge night meal.

    Around here we have lots of (believe it or not) Greek pizza places that have sort of a medium crust – thicker than the really thin gourmet brick oven type. I like both of those types but I have to admit, one of the best deep dish pizzas I ever had was at an Uno Pizzeria – 4 cheese. Definitely yummy but also very indugent, you know?

  10. The chicken sounds amazing!

    I only like thin crust pizza.

    Have a great week!

  11. Terrific dry rub! Being from Chicago, we love our deep dish pizza! I only have it when people come into town to visit…it’s way too rich to have often!

  12. That was my question of the day recently – and I don’t know what my answer is! I guess I’ll go with deep-dish seeing as I’m a Chicago girl and all…but I don’t really discriminate when it comes to pizza. And husband…well, he eats it any time he can. Any kind.

    That fried chicken, Biz. Wow. I want THAT for lunch. I refuse to deep-fry at home because I would want it ALL the time. Frying is delicious, no doubt about it! Have a great week!

  13. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a proper deep dish pizza, but I don’t discriminate against any pizza! I’m sure I would love it!

    That chicken looks perfect in every way! Perfect color, plump and juicy!

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    Yummy looking chicken Vat. Pack some up in a cooler, I’ll bring some salads and we’ll meet half way for a picnic! (I’m guessing that would be somewhere around Montana?? 🙂 ) As for pizza, I’m a thin crust girl myself. Have a great Monday! Glad you enjoyed Twinfest!!!

  15. so glad you liked – i’ve heard the best things about ad hoc. Crazy it involved so many steps, but it sure looks excellent and I love that he’ll do leftovers for this one – high praise!!

    I’m a thin crust girl – mostly because i’m a cheese girl and can taste the cheese more on thin crust!

  16. I like thin crust pizza, but last night we ate at a new (to our town) restaurant and considered their deep dish pizza – didn’t get it, but will try it next time. Jeff thinks it’s stuffed inside the dough but I think everything is on top – guess we’ll find out soon, lol!

  17. I’ve never had deep dish pizza. I’m not sure why that is!

  18. The Ad hoc chicken sure looks terrific!

  19. I like all kinds of pizza. Growing up in upstate NY, we have our own style, but I lived outside of Chicago for 6 years – so I also loved deep dish.

    I am tough loving myself on my eating this month. Too many things creeping in.

  20. I love all kinds of pizza but my favorite is a nice doughy Sicilian. YUM!!!

  21. You are killing me with all of this great food! Here I sit sipping on yet another smoothie!

    I prefer a thin crust pizza! That fried chicken looks amazing. I heart my moms fried chicken and it’s the only one I eat but that only happens every few years since we don’t leave nearby.

    I would say if you cut out a lot of that high fat food you will see a weight loss in your near future! I found that as I got closer to my goal weight there was less room in my diet for foods like that.

    The less you weigh the less calories you need and the less “wiggle” room you have. I end up bulking up my food plan with more healthy low calorie foods, healthier versions of fried food -using oven fried methods for chicken, fries and such.

    I am sure you will find the right balance of the foods you enjoy and getting the weight loss you desire.

  22. That chicken looks fantastic! I realize that my .4 loss this week had to do with food choices. I am definitely making better choices this week.

  23. That chicken looks fabulous. The last time I had anything by Keller it was in his restaurant and it wasn’t bargain bin–what a lucky find! Brining chicken (and pork) makes a huge difference and so easy to do with preplanning.

  24. I like homemade, sort of regular thickness the most, but when I’m making pizza for my myself I do super thin so I get “more” Thanks for the congrats on Freshly Pressed – my little blog is blowin’ up the last two days!

  25. Oh wow, my mouth just literally began to drool when I saw that fried chicken. That looks amazing!

    Favorite Pizza? Pizza. Deep dish, thin crust, pita pizza, bagel bites…if it’s pizza I love it. 🙂

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