This recipe is from Brian Boitano who has a tragically under-watched show on the Food Network (probably because it comes on at 4:00 a.m. or some other insane hour). As such, it is the bomb because he is a flamboyant ice skater for goodness sake and that man can cook as well as he can spin. I like to serve this with ranch dressing (because I want ranch on everything), honey mustard, or my uncle’s bad A BBQ sauce, the recipe for which I cannot publish due to some serious threats he made to my welfare.
4 strips bacon
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups canola oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Put the bacon onto a baking sheet and bake until crisp about 12 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat. Once the bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into small pieces.
- Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl combine the buttermilk, hot sauce, and chicken. Cover and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- In a glass baking dish, whisk together the flour, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and add to the seasoned flour. Make sure all the chicken pieces are thoroughly coated. Remove the chicken from the flour mixture and put back into the buttermilk. Remove chicken from buttermilk and put back into the seasoned flour mixture for a second coating. Transfer the double coated chicken to a baking sheet and reserve.
- Heat the canola oil in a large cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Add the reserved 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Working in batches, fry the chicken until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a sheet pan lined with paper towels.