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Southern Fried Chicken from The Help

Southern Fried Chicken from The Help

“Fried chicken just tend to make you feel better about life.”
— Minny Jackson - The Help

I will make mine Minnie Jackson's wise words and say that there are indeed few things as comforting as fried chicken, and I, my friend, have found the perfect fried chicken recipe. It is so good that we had it twice last week! And I see another fried chicken night in the near future.

This recipe, inspired by the awesome movie The Help, which I recommend you to see, will help you make the most tender and juicy yet crispy chicken ever! Plus, I have to add, it is quite easy to make and it will take just a couple of hours. Not only this movie will make you feel all the feels, but also inspire you to make all kinds of Southern deliciousness.

The Help is set in the 60's during the Civil Rights Movement. It tells the story of Skeeter, a white girl who wants to become a journalist and decides to write a book from the point of view of the domestic workers or "the help". Watching this movie is at times baffling: one scene left me amazed and ashamed at the same time: the one where one of Skeeter's friends send a letter to the Home Sanitation Initiative to put separate toilets for the maids. It is so unbelievable that people had to face issues of this matter, and not that long ago: this was happening only 50 or 60 years ago! Yes, we must keep fighting for equality and I really, really encourage you to see this important movie.

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Me living in South Africa have to figure out ingredient equivalents all the time. In the movie, you will see a very endearing scene where Minnie explains the benefits of Crisco; it can be used for anything, according to her, from frying chicken to soften hard feet, ha! But, alas, I couldn't find Crisco in South Africa. Instead, I found a shortening replacement: baking butter: it works perfectly fine.


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Southern Fried Chicken from The Help

Ingredients

  • 8 pieces of chicken with skin (drums and thighs).
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour.
  • 1/2 cup milk.
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs.
  • 500 grams baking butter or vegetable shortening.
  • 1 tbsp. seasoned pepper.
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili.

Takes , serves 4.

Instructions

  1. Mix the sweet chili with the seasoned salt and marinade the chicken for at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat over 200 degrees.
  3. Melt the baking butter (or vegetable shortening) in the oven.
  4. Add the chicken and fry for 30 minutes or until golden.
  5. Turn the chicken around and fry for further 15 minutes.

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