Healthier Fried Chicken Recipe For The Picky Eater
Most kids love drum sticks! It’s the first piece they dive for when you bring home a bucket of fried chicken. In my house the drum sticks were always saved for the youngest person in the house, which has not changed. Even though Jake is 17, he still really loves the drum sticks. So, what’s wrong with that? Well, some could argue that the drum sticks are dark meat and that is really fatty and unhealthy. Truth is that the difference between a fried drum stick and a fried breast is only about 30 calories, and 30 calories to a toddler is nothing. Have them race you to the sink to wash up after dinner and don’t worry about it.
When you have a picky eater at the table and you need to come up with a meal that they will eat, one that the rest of your family won’t mind eating as well, I say go for it. Just don’t head out to the local fast food place to get it. Put on your apron and cook. This way you control what goes on the table and thus into your families tummies.
Jake has always loved fried chicken; it’s one of his absolute favorite meals. So I learned early on how to make it at home so that I was not giving him chicken fried in lard the way they do it at the fast food joints. Make your fried chicken this way. You’ll cut the fat in half and you’ll have a great meal that the family will love that is also easy on the budget.
Package of 8 chicken drum sticks
2 Cups all purpose flour
2 TBS Season Salt
1 TBS Ground Pepper
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups of Canola Oil (give or take depending on the size of your skillet or pan)
Pour approximately one inch of oil into electric or cast iron skillet. I recommend cast iron. Set temperature to 350 degress F.
Clean your chicken in cold water and dry with paper towels. Set aside. If you would like your chicken to be a lot less fattening cut the skin off completely before cleaning and drying.
Crack the egg into a bowl with the milk. Take a fork and whisk them lightly so they blend. This mixture will help the batter stick to the chicken.
In a large plastic bag put your flour, salt and pepper together and shake it up so it’s well blended.
When your oil is hot and ready to go begin your chicken by dunking it into the milk mixture then putting it in the bag with the flour and shaking in until it’s thoroughly coated. Do this to each piece, adding the chicken to the hot oil always working away from you as to avoid splashing, very carefully, using a pair of frying tongs. Be Careful! It will pop and crackle as you add the cold chicken to the hot grease. Turn the chicken while cooking to be sure to cook evenly. Don’t over crowd the pan; this causes the oil to get to cool and thus soggy chicken. When each piece is golden brown and you’re pretty sure it’s cooked through, remove the chicken to a paper plate covered in paper towels to drain any excess oil and cool a bit before serving.
YEEHAW, Fried drum sticks that the kids will love! Easy and oh so good! Enjoy!