By the 'y'all' in the title, you might think I grew up enjoying homemade fried chicken. As my dad like to (lovingly) say, the only two things my mom can't do in the kitchen is make gravy and fry chicken. Well, after years of watching Rachael Ray, I have mastered the pan gravy. And thank to another cooking guru, I have made my first batch of fried chicken.
My dad loves watching Fabio (not the long-haired model) on Yahoo! It's a 5 or 6 minute webisode called Chow Ciao that airs weekly. He always forwards the episodes to me to watch , and they are always fun and informative. A few months ago, Fabio made Italian Fried Chicken. Dad and I both kept saying we wanted to try it. I said I would make it for him when I was home in Atlanta over Memorial Day. Memorial Day arrived and there I was, facing loads of raw chicken (marinated in buttermilk) and hot oil. Having never fried a single thing in my life, I was intimidated.
The end result - amazing! One of Fabio's secrets is to slice up lemons and fry them with the chicken, along with sage and rosemary. Y'all, do not skip this step. The oils in the lemons release and you can taste it in the chicken. It was something I would never have thought of doing on my own. You could even eat the fried lemon slices. Seriously delicious. The fried sage and rosemary were also winners. There were six of us sitting around the table and moaning with happiness.
I can now say I am a true Southern lady.