Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Making the Chicken Biscuit Great Again

The fried chicken sandwich craze has swept the nation! But what if you don't want to wait in line or risk getting stabbed for a chicken sandwich? Make your own of course! Keep reading and you will learn how to make your own Chicken Biscuits in the comfort of your own home.

Chicken biscuits consist of two main components.... The Chicken, and the Biscuit. For the biscuits, I am using the Honey Butter Glazed Biscuits recipe. If you haven't seen that recipe, click here.

For the chicken, it is a bit more involved. You'll need some Boneless-Skinless Chicken Breasts, batter coating, and a wash.
Chicken soaked in brine on the left - Flour, Garlic, onion, and chili powder mixture in the middle - Egg and milk wash on the right
You'll want to slice up the chicken into patty-sized pieces. You can get about 3 - 4 patty-sized pieces from each breast. The sliced chicken then can be soaked in a brine solution. I'm using a simple water and salt solution for now.

For the coating, I mixed together a cup of flour, some salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and a little bit of chili powder. Depending on how spicy you want your chicken to be, add more chili powder. Other spices can be added to this mixture, such as powdered ranch dressing. Use your imagination!

Finally for the wash, I used one whole egg and a little bit of milk. Buttermilk is acceptable here, but I didn't have any at the time.

Before we start breading this chicken, start preheating your oil. I'm using a medium sized saucepan filled with ~ 2" of oil. Remember, be careful when deep frying. A single boil over can cause a fire!

To bread these chicken pieces, you're gonna want to start by grabbing a hold of a piece with a fork. (Trust me you'll want to use a fork because you'll lose a lot of coating if you use your hands.) Shake off some brine, then start rolling it around in the coating mix, then dip it in the wash. Repeat this process by going back and worth between the coating and the wash for at least 3 dips into the flour coating, ending there.
Now you can start frying the chicken! Use your fork to move the breaded pieces of chicken into the oil. In my pot, I can fit two pieces in at once. Fry for a few minutes on each side, until the coating is a nice golden brown.
Use a tongs to remove each completed chicken patty, and allow the oil to drain on paper towels. Repeat the frying until all chicken pieces are done.
As part of my recipe, I prepared a solution of honey butter to top my biscuits. (Similar to the Whataburger Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits). Unfortunately, I over cooked my honey and it turned into a caramelized mess. It still tasted good but it solidified the moment it was removed from heat.
The sandwich is put together by splitting open a biscuit, coating both halves with the honey butter, and then inserting a chicken patty in the middle. These biscuits are amazing! Enjoy!

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