Fried chicken is a staple American food and its gaining popularity around the world. These crispy yet succulent pieces of chicken are made in various countries with their own little twist added to them. The Indian version of chicken fry, for example, has India's signature spices added to the marinade and is spicier than its American counterpart. The style of cooking the chicken and the ingredients used also vary greatly between the two places. This gives the dishes, though same in name, distinctly different tastes.
Check out the simple recipes for both the Indian and the American chicken fry below. Try the recipes from both the regions to try something new and find out which one is more to your taste.
The ingredients of the Indian version of fried chicken include:
1 kg chicken cut into pieces
Oil for deep frying
For the marinade:
½ a cup of mustard oil
2 tablespoons of gram flour
2 tablespoons of vinegar
½ a teaspoon each of ginger paste and garlic paste
2 teaspoons of chilli powder
1 teaspoon each of roasted and powdered cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds
5 powdered and roasted cloves and peppercorns
2 powdered and roasted black cardamoms
Once you have all the ingredients we begin cooking the fried chicken:
First, mix all the ingredients meant for the marinade in a big mixing bowl. Prick the pieces of the chicken in a few places and add them to the marinade. Turn the whole mixture with your hand to ensure that the marinade is coating all the pieces evenly. Leave the pieces to marinate for 3-4 hours. Once the chicken has marinated, heat the oil for frying in a pan and add the pieces of chicken to it. Deep fry them over a medium flame till they are a rich golden brown and the chicken feels tender. This should take 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat and garnish with coriander. Your dish is ready to be served.
The traditional Southern fried chicken recipe has the following ingredients:
1 whole chicken that has been cut up
2 cups of self-raising flour
½ a cup of oil for frying
½ a cup of vinegar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of black pepper
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Now that you have the ingredients the directions of cooking are fairly easy. They are as follows:
Marinate the chicken in the vinegar for at least one hour. While the chicken is marinating heat the oil to 177 °C in a pan. For the coating mix the flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, onion powder and the garlic powder together in a bowl. Once the chicken is marinated, coat the chicken pieces with the flour mixture and fry them till they become brown and then cover the pan with a lid. Fry one side for 15 minutes then turn the chicken over and fry the other side for 15 minutes. Once you have done that, take off the lid and fry it for 5 minutes more to make it extra crisp. Turn the heat off and you have piping hot southern fried chicken ready to serve.
Chicken legs, thighs, wings and breasts are perfect for making fried chicken. Try both the American and Indian styles of the fried chicken and see which one is more to your taste. These pieces are easily available in a number of online stores. One such online store that provides fresh and clean chicken is Chikmeat that sells chicken at prices comparable to your local vendor.