Wednesday, July 6, 2011

National Fried Chicken Day!

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July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day!


Today is National Fried Chicken Day. I've seen a lot of recipes for dipping chicken in buttermilk, using a certain kind of flour, and frying in lard to give fried chicken the extra punch. But, it's fried and people like that, maybe a bit too much.

The other day, I had some Kara-age (Japanese fried chicken). "Kara" means empty (without batter) and "age" means fried. The chicken pieces are marinated in a sweet soy marinade and then dusted in flour or starch. Excess flour/starch is shaken off and fried in low temperature oil.

These crispy pieces of chicken are drained and served over sliced lettuce with a lemon wedge. Also served with Japanese mayonnaise. One of my favorite "chicken nuggets"...


Karaage
Japanese Fried Chicken


Where do you like to go for fried chicken?
I would love to hear...




Photo by Jay Terauchi

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