One of the best things about picnics is that they not only allow, but in fact encourage certain dishes that are usually though of as too simple or basic for your usual restaurant, but are in fact both delicious and easy to make. It is true, you can have a really good lunch with tasty food that also looks great without having to put your money down for caviar or things like that. We would like to present you with one such recipe for a delicious fried chicken which will surprise your loved ones with a subtle sweetness and that looks amazing. This is a little more complicated that a really basic meal, but trust us, if you have ever cooked your own rice or made an omelette you will be just fine.
Blanket and lemonade, checked. Trusty old hamper, checked. We are set to go, so without further ado, we present you...
Easy Fried Chicken with Super Tasty Pecan & Honey Glaze!
- Cooking time: 20 minutes
- Yields: 4 servings
Get ready to taste chicken heaven with this dish!
- 1 chicken (about 3 and a half pounds), whole or cut up. You can also use just your favourite chicken parts
- 2 eggs
- Vegetable oil (or equivalent)
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 cup of butter
- 1/2 a cup of honey
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped (delicious) pecans
- Salt, pepper and garlic powder
- Brown paper bag (raid your local supermarket!)
Rinse that chicken or chicken parts and get it dry, if you are using a whole chicken make sure you cut it in several parts to decrease cooking time. Beat the eggs to a smooth texture in a suitable container and then add the chicken parts. Sprinkle with desired amounts of salt, pepper and garlic powder (or chop garlic in very small pieces.) Turn the chicken parts around and season the other side. After you are done with that make sure the chicken is well coated in the beat egg.
Get a trusty iron pan out and fill it with oil (you can also use vegetable shortening) until it comes halfway up the sides of the chicken pieces. Heat the pan until the oil starts to smoke. While that is getting done, grab your chicken and throw it into a brown paper bag filled with flour. I would recommend working a few pieces at a time and really shaking the bag to make sure they are thoroughly coated. Once you are done, place the chicken on the pan and cover it making sure you leave leave the lid open just a bit. Cook for 10 minutes and then turn the chicken around; cook for another 10 minutes. Once that is done the chicken is ready to be taken out and drained of excess oil (a few paper towels will do the job just fine.)
The glaze is easy to make. Melt the cup of butter over low heat and blend with the honey until you get an uniform texture. Bring it to a simmer and then add the pecans. Simmer it for another 10 minutes and do not forget to stir from time to time (the mixture has been known to get burnt when not checked.) Once that is done, you are done!
If you do not like the sweet taste of this glaze or have kids who oppose to it, we recommend a quick blend of creme cheese and mustard, seasoned with rose pepper. Add sesame seeds to the mix and simmer the mixture between 5 and 10 minutes. Quick, easy and salty!