Saturday, 25 February 2012

Healthy Southern Fried Chicken


  •     2 tbsp dried oregano
  •     2 tbsp dried thyme
  •     1 tbsp cumin
  •     2 tsp ground white pepper
  •     1 tbsp salt
  •     225 g plain flour
  •     4 medium eggs
  •     175 ml cold water
  •     8 medium chicken thighs, bone in and skin off
  •     Sunflower oil for frying


1 Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 6.

2 Place the oregano, thyme, pepper, flour and salt into a medium bowl and mix well.

3 Whisk the eggs together with the water.

4 Toss the chicken thighs into the flour and spice mixture to lightly dust, remove from the flour and place on one side.

5 Dip each piece of chicken in the egg mixture, shake off any excess then put back into the flour mixture to coat - it's best to do this stage one piece at a time, otherwise you'll get very messy!!

6 Heat a pan of vegetable oil about 2cm deep to about 175C, or when a piece of bread browns within 30 seconds when popped in.

7 Add 4 chicken thighs and fry for a few minutes on each side, or until golden brown - the oil should only come just halfway up the sides of the chicken.

8 Place a wire rack onto a baking tray, then place the browned chicken on the wire rack. Bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

9 Remove from the oven and allow to rest for about 15-20 minutes. The smell will be really tempting, but try to resist because they'll burn your mouth if you eat them straight away!!

From Phil Vickery and This Morning