Top 5 Tips for the Best Fried Chicken — Guy’s Grocery Games

Guy Fieri gave another four contestants the chance to reverse their fortunes on this week’s episode of the Guy’s Grocery Games redemption tournament.

In the first round, they were all sent out into the aisles with ridiculously tiny shopping bags to stuff full with ingredients for a fried feast. Naturally, a couple of the contestants gravitated toward fried chicken, so here’s some fried-chicken wisdom from Food Network Kitchen:

Don’t Stress Over Marinating: We’ve made a lot of fried chicken in our kitchen and have found that marinating longer doesn’t always mean more flavor. If you have only an hour or two, that’s totally fine; you can always add more of the flavorings to your marinade to make up for the shortened time. And be sure not to marinate too long, because the chicken could actually end up too soft and mealy.

Make It Extra Crunchy: When breading chicken, we’ve usually tried super hard to keep the wet and dry ingredients separate from one another — until now. Pour a little of your liquid (like buttermilk) into the flour mixture and use your fingers to work it in, creating shaggy clumps of flour. These clumps will give your chicken extra crunch.

Blend Frying Fats: We love to combine different oils and fats to help play with color and flavor. For example, adding a little vegetable shortening will ensure that your chicken is nice and golden-brown. Or use some lard, peanut oil and a little saved bacon grease with regular vegetable oil for a little extra flavor.

Let the Temperature Drop: Frying longer and at a lower temperature will always ensure that your chicken is cooked through and juicy on the inside, and golden and crispy on the outside. Invest in a deep-fat-fry thermometer and bring your oil up to 350 degrees F. Once you add the chicken, let the temperature drop to 300 to 325 degrees F and keep it there. Turn your pieces as needed and you’ll never have to worry about burnt, uncooked fried chicken again.

Season It One Last Time: As soon as your chicken comes out of the fryer, give it one last light sprinkle of salt for instant salty satisfaction.

You can try all these tricks with this Indian-inspired fried chicken or use them to modify your favorite recipe.

Tune in next Sunday at 8|7c to see who is redeemed.

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