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Old 09-16-2008, 07:17 PM
 
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OK...I've dipped in egg and bread crumbs...egg and flour...but I've seen on cooking shows where they are dipping chicken in a batter....
Anyone have a recipe for this batter?
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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Oh I can't wait to see the responses for this... mine always comes out mushy... not really crispy... but I bake w/o skin and don't fry... does that make a difference?
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:07 PM
 
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Oh I can't wait to see the responses for this... mine always comes out mushy... not really crispy... but I bake w/o skin and don't fry... does that make a difference?
Oh yeah, big time. It's a totally different method of heat transfer. With frying you've got direct contact, and the heat transfer medium is a liquid, so it's almost like having a pan that conforms to every nook and cranny of the food. Ovens just do a so-so job of crispy.

On topic - there's a commercial product called Drake's Crispy Frymix. I got it at Gordon Food Service. It's what you're looking for.

Ingredients are just flour, salt, corn meal, whey, spices, coloring and sodium bicarb, so you could make your own, but beyond the ingredients I don't know the ratios. Surprised to see there's more salt than cornmeal because the stuff looks like cornmeal. Come to think of it, it is rather salty.

The directions say to mix 1 cup of dry mix with 3/4 cup cool water, but that always seems pasty to me so I make it a bit wetter. If you try making your own, substitute milk for water unless you've got powdered whey.

And for goodness sake, soak the chicken in buttermilk overnight.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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I'll start this by admitting this isn't batter, but a dry coating for frying. So, if you are looking specifically for batter recipe, sorry.

It's hard to cook for my wife and three kids. I don't think they all can agree upon but about 4 dishes they all like.

But my wings are one of them, and I think it's the coating on it. This isn't a batter, but a coating that you may want to try on a whim. I don't know how I came up with this, but I don't use the egg and bread crumbs. I use about 8 tbsp flour, 2 tspn onion salt, 2 tspn garlic powder, 1/4 tspn pepper.

I just coat the chicken and fry. It's after it's cooked that I put it in the mixture of KC Barbeque sauce and honey mixture. But my mother in law can't eat the sweetness, so I give some to her before I toss in the barbeque/honey mixture. She swears its the best she's had (and for a mother in law, I'll take that compliment!!!)
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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OH OH OH OH!!!! I was JUST going to post this!!! I made one the other night that had us all arguing (literally) over who got what. Just realize that the batter gets a little darker b/c it's pancake batter (well, I didn't have Bisquick, so I used pancake mix - same thing almost). It's THE most delicious batter I've ever had. As you can see by the comment I left, I used boneless skinless chicken thighs and Heineken. YUM! Also, I used garlic salt, paprika (for color), season all, parsley and pepper. I know, I sound like a commercial, but damn, this is delicious. I'm going to make some next week again.

Beer Batter Fried Chicken Recipe | Recipezaar
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Yes...definitely looking for batter...saw Paul Dean or someone cooking with it.

As far as frying....if you get that oil good and hot, you should still have most of your oil in the end. Alton Brown fried fish and frnch fries one time, showing how much oil he put in and how much he had left. He was missing about 2 tablespoons....and that is not 'per person' serving, it is the whole batch. So....FRY AWAY!!!!!

KFC definitely seems like it has some batter.

Thanks Nicole for your batter recipe...and to everyone else for their responses. Keep the batter coming!
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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For a whole chicken,

Five eggs, 1cup of whole milk, Fresh ground black pepper
Onion powder, Garlic powder, Beat together until well mixed.

Clean and pat dry the chicken lightly sprinkle chicken with salt
shake in flour dip in egg wash and put into deep fryer.
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Old 09-18-2008, 11:55 AM
 
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For a whole chicken,

Five eggs, 1cup of whole milk, Fresh ground black pepper
Onion powder, Garlic powder, Beat together until well mixed.

Clean and pat dry the chicken lightly sprinkle chicken with salt
shake in flour dip in egg wash and put into deep fryer.


I hate knocking something I haven't tried, but that sounds more like scrambled eggs or an omlette than batter, and I'm having a hard time imagining what that would look like. No flour or cornmeal at all?
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Old 09-18-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I hate knocking something I haven't tried, but that sounds more like scrambled eggs or an omlette than batter, and I'm having a hard time imagining what that would look like. No flour or cornmeal at all?
I think maybe in that recipe, the chicken should be either:

1 - dipped into the flour, then egg, then flour
OR
2 - dipped in egg, then flour

then fried
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Old 09-19-2008, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,Arizona
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I hate knocking something I haven't tried, but that sounds more like scrambled eggs or an omlette than batter, and I'm having a hard time imagining what that would look like. No flour or cornmeal at all?
Just try one piece

It puffs up and away from the meat and is thin so you don't
get filled up on the batter
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