Food & Drink

Ad Hoc: Buttermilk Fried Chicken

I don’t know why it had taken me so long to post this. It might be that I’ve just recovered from all the Ad Hoc cooking I did at the beginning of the year.


The fried chicken was the 4th dish I made from the cookbook and I think it was the best so far. It’s a 2 day process, but I think it’s one worth attempting a few times a year. Keller says ” Fried chicken is a great American tradition that’s fallen out of favor. A taste of this and you will want it back in your weekly routine.” I wouldn’t go that far. The flavor is amazing, but the clean up and process is a bit much for a weekly routine. You can see someone doesn’t have to clean up after he cooks.


I used grapeseed oil instead of the peanut or canola that was suggested and I really like the results.


Above are the photos of the whole process. Cutting down, brining, double breading and frying. The bottom photo is the mexican chocolate covered rice crispy treats that my sister brought for dessert. You can see why I might be on a low carb diet now 😉

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    blake
    February 22, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Oh dang, looks awesome. Beautiful, crispy and special occasion-y. My MIL is rumored to make amazing fried chicken, but I have never tasted it (unfair)… perhaps I'll have to go with Ad Hoc instead. That brine/soak thingy looks terribly intriguing.

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    Desi McKinnon
    February 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    Thanks Blake. The brine really makes a huge difference. You should go for it.

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    180|360
    February 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    I can't even remember the last time I had fried chicken. That looks delicious! I still haven't cracked my Ad Hoc book. Will do so tonight! Can't wait to hear more about other things you've made from it…

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    curiosita
    February 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Yummm! I miss your dinners. I'm finally getting to cook again and having so much fun…except it's all for Jason and Finn b/c I have to be on a crazy restricted breastfeeding diet. Actually it's not as bad as it was a few weeks ago. This one is just meat, vegetables and low-glycemic fruits–no dairy, sugar, grains, beans, chocolate…and alcohol!

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    Desi McKinnon
    February 25, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    oh man, Colleen! your a rock. i don't think i could deal. i've been doing low carb again with one cheat day a week and it's killin me.

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