Oftentimes fried chicken is deep fried, this is not only greasy, but terrible for your health. Therefore, the crew here at Sassy’s Southern Kitchen decided to come up with a compromise. This Southern Fried Chicken is lightly fried, then baked. Baking the chicken retains the moisture, but drain the unnecessary grease. Soaking the raw chicken in buttermilk before cooking is a must, as it provides a tender, moist texture that nothing else can. As for the breading process, I have always preferred mixing together breadcrumbs and flour. Rather than one or the other. Panko breadcrumbs would be fabulous in this dish. Sadly, I did not have any.:( So I had to put up with regular breadcrumbs. However, the chicken was absolutely delicious, and in the end I did not miss the panko breadcrumbs. There is really nothing else I can say except, make it soon.

The Ingredients: 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, 4-6 chicken drumsticks, 12 oz. evaporated milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs, 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 egg, 1/4 cup water, 1 tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1/2 tsp. cumin.

Whisk together the evaporated milk, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water in a large bowl. Now add the spices, whisking constantly until combined. Submerge the chicken pieces in the buttermilk mixture and refrigerate for three to four hours.

Remove the bowl of chicken from the fridge. Whisk together the breadcrumbs and flour, set aside. Whisk together the egg and 1/4 cup of water until light yellow, set aside. Heat one inch of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Meanwhile, dip the chicken pieces first in the egg wash, then in the flour/breadcrumb mixture, Repeat this process for a thick breading. Fry four pieces of chicken at a time for three to five minutes on each side. Set the cooked pieces on a foil lined baking sheet as you go. The chicken will most likely still be somewhat pink in the middle. When all the chicken has been fried. Bake at 400 degrees for twenty to thirty minutes. Serve warm on a bed of lettuce.

Look at that, sigh. The smell alone is addicting.