Fried chicken is a mess to make. After watching an episode of the Barefoot Contessa, I decided to try it. It’s called Oven Fried Chicken, which you fry in the beginning and then finish it in the oven. It’s not nearly as messy as the full fried version. It was crispy and moist and went really well with mashed potatoes.
2 chickens (3 lbs each), cut in 8 serving pieces
1 qt buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbs kosher salt
1 Tbs freshly ground black pepper
Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Take the chicken out of the buttermilk and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture. Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1-inch and heat to 360 degrees F on a thermometer.
Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden brown (it will continue to brown in the oven). Don’t crowd the pieces. Remove the chicken from the oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan. Allow the oil to return to 360 degrees F before frying the next batch. When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve hot.