Paladini Potpie

Adventures within The Crust!

Spicy Fried Chicken

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drain on paper towelsThis year David asked for the same birthday dinner he asks for every year – burritos, pizza, potpie and fried chicken.  Yes, as usual he wanted them all, but he finally settled on fried chicken.

There used to be a commercial on TV where they fried chicken in some specific shortening or oil. Then at the end of the commercial they poured the used fat back into a measuring cup and claimed that “…it all came back except one tablespoon!”

Only one tablespoon had been used to fry up that whole platter of fried chicken. Right.

Well, there’s no way anyone can claim this is a low-fat meal, but a couple of times a year I’m thrilled to have a good excuse to cook something that is blatantly unhealthy,  but better than “finger lickin’ good!”

Here’s how I do it.

12 nice plump chicken thighs with the bones and skin.

corn oil


2 cup flour

½ tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cayenne (more or less)

You will also need a black cast iron frying pan and a large bowl.

Be sure to wear an apron because it does splatter.

brine the chicken in ice water

Dissolve 1/2 cup salt in a little warm water in a big bowl.

Add ice cubes and cold water.

Place the chicken in the bowl and let it soak for 6 – 24 hours.

dry ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients

coat chicken

Remove chicken thighs from the ice water and pat so they are fairly dry. Coat with the flour mixture.

stack on plate

Pile the breaded thighs on a plate and begin to heat oil in a cast iron skillet.

heat oil

Let the oil heat until it’s hot enough to sizzle when you sprinkle flour into it.

Dredge each thigh in the flour mixture once again, and put it into the skillet.

side 1

Leave room between them so they are not touching.

I use two frying pans for 12 thighs so they’ll all be done at the same time.

side 2

Fry on high for about 4 minutes and then turn pieces over and fry the other side on high for about 4 minutes.

cook covered

Lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook for about 18-20 minutes.

Return heat back to high and remove the lid.

After 3 or 4 minutes turn the pieces so the other side will get crisp with the high heat.

Chicken will be crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside!

drain on paper towels

Remove and drain on paper towels.


Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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