Finger licking good, crispy outside, tender inside fried chicken, made with a simple brine and fried until golden crisp.
The payoff for packing a picnic lunch will be worth it. All will be right with the world when I have my hands deep in a basket full of homemade, perfectly seasoned, crispy outside, tender inside, finger-licking-good fried chicken while leisurely lounging on the beach. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! The added bonus, no lines, no waiting for my meal!
If you make this, take the time to brine the meat. It really does help seal in the juices. If time is short, brine it for as long as you can, or skip the step altogether if there is no time. The result will still be delicious. I have never had a bad fried chicken.
I once had bad fried chicken. It was from KFC of all places! I love KFC, but not on that day. It tasted like a mouthful of old vegetable shortening (somebody must have waited a weeeeee bit too long to change the oil!). Fortunately, it was THE only time I was disappointed with their food. It’s all good now…I forgive. There is still plenty of love in my heart for The Colonel and his delicious flock of feathered friends!