The Crazy Suburban Mom: Dixie Faux-Fried Chicken First thing in the morning is good with coffee...who knew?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dixie Faux-Fried Chicken First thing in the morning is good with coffee...who knew?

I got a lot of great suggestions (here) for the faux-fried buttermilk soaked boneless, skinless chicken parts.

I so need a shorter name for that recipe.

Dixie Faux-Fried Chicken?

To make it more yummy (unless you're Rachael Ray, in which case I made it more Yumm-O), I used:

  1. A composite of all the suggestions (More soaking time, more spices)
  2. What I had vs. what I had to buy
  3. The fact that my store didn't have Panko breadcrumbs and I ended up buying something called Dixie Fry Coating Mix.
  4. And ultimately I had to agree with elohssanatahw about frying. If I was using a bread crumb type coating I could get away with an all-bake recipe (maybe). But I thought this might have an odd coating with out a fry.

The basic recipe was to soak boneless skinless breasts and thighs (A few pounds) in buttermilk overnight.

To the buttermilk I added:

5 cloves of pressed garlic
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of poultry seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons of better than boillion chicken flavored stock - or as I call it, chicken paste.

The rest of the recipe:

Poured the Dixie Fry on a plate and dipped chicken in to coat evenly (What a mess. Note to self: Next time use a bag like the directions said to). Dixie Fry is like a fine flour. It tastes (I tasted it) like a lightly seasoned flour.

Ultimately I decided to pre-brown the chicken pieces in canola oil to set the coating. There are directions for oven frying but I decided to do a quick 2 minute ( one minute, each side) fry on each piece.

You can see from the pictures that the Dixie Fry gives a really nice brown coating. (And no, I don't know the Dixie Fry people, I just bought that because my store didn't have Panko.)


in progress

The dark meat especially looks great.

in progress

The white meat didn't seem to coat as evenly or brown as much. Weird, huh?


I baked for 30 minutes at 350 and the internal temp. never got past 156 on the bigger pieces. I'm a freaky about chicken in the raw so I put it back in for another 10 minutes. And as you can see, even though there was some difference between the light and dark meat at first; during the final cooking it ALL browned up evenly, beautifully and crispaliciously (Is that a word? Spell- Check says, no.)
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Yummy looking, right?
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I had to try it.
And while I don't normally eat fried chicken with my morning coffee. It worked. Or maybe it was just so good I didn't care that it didn't go.

And did the boy like it?

I heated some up in the toaster oven after school and asked, How is it?

Good, really good, he said, with a mouthful.

Does it taste like fried chicken?

Yeah, it really, really does. Swallow.

That's amazing. I haven't heard anything that close to all-out love for anything that wasn't surrounded by Styrofoam and packed inside a bag, sitting next to a Sponge Bob toy in a really long time.

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12 Comments:

Veronica Lee 5/12/09, 8:27 AM  

Sounds and looks yummy!

tracy 5/12/09, 8:29 AM  

Veronica Lee = So weird in the morning but I had to stop myself from eating more :) I really really liked it!

ladyjanewriter 5/12/09, 8:39 AM  

NOM!!! Oooh, that makes me want a chicken biscuit. And I never even grew up with that stuff.

tracy 5/12/09, 8:49 AM  

LadyJane - me either, I'm a jersey girl :)

Kathy B! 5/12/09, 10:51 AM  

I think I might have just licked the computer screen... that looks delish!!

tracy 5/12/09, 12:04 PM  

Kathy - Try it with your morning coffee :) Its goes better with that!

But, yes... it is really good! And all thanks to everyone who helped me! woot! woot!

Rachel 5/12/09, 2:36 PM  

Looks yummy! Definitely will have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!!!

I was thinking of another odd combo besides faux-fried chicken and coffee: beer and frosted flakes (not mixed together). Sounds strange, but we enjoyed many a bowl of dry frosted flakes while playing drinking games in college! :D

Charlotte 5/12/09, 5:09 PM  

I would eat that chicken with anything, looks fab.

kiddiescorner 5/12/09, 8:00 PM  

That looks so yummy. Following you from MBC 100 club. Can't wait to read daily!! Visit me also if you get a chance :)

Nichay 5/12/09, 11:09 PM  

Dang, now I want some fried chicken. LOL It looks really yummy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

tracy 5/13/09, 9:06 AM  

Rachael - posted to you at your site :)

Charlotte! thank you kiddiescorner , going right now!

Nichay! Thank you... it was really good and even the kid liked it!

Therese 5/13/09, 4:32 PM  

That looks so good. My grandma made the best fried chicken ever and she started hers with a long soak in buttermilk. I never thought of adding spices, garlic! to the milk. I am going to have to suggest Dan do that next time he makes chicken. LOL

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