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A Southwest Summer: Spicy Honey Stung Fried Chicken

A Southwest Summer: Spicy Honey Stung Fried Chicken
A Southwest Summer: Spicy Honey Stung Fried Chicken
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

I love fried chicken. There are times I actually crave fried chicken. Good God, I have even waddled into the Colonel's and bought fried chicken! If chickens ever decide to reap their revenge, I will be their first victim but I will be pecked into oblivion licking my lips!

At one time or another this version of fried chicken has been on all of my menus. It isn't there because people always ask for it. It isn't there because it is profitable. It is there because I am the boss and dammit, when I want to eat it I want it within my reach!

So, you might be asking the screen in front of your eyes, just "what in the hell is honey stung?" Simply put, once the chicken has been cooked (fried) you drizzle it with pure and unpasteurized honey. You will not believe perfect marriage of tastes when the spice meets the sweet. If you want to make this even spicier, whisk a little Asian chili oil into the honey before you drizzle the chicken!

Ingredients needed to make Spicy Honey Stung Fried Chicken (serves 2):

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. garlic salt
  • 6 chicken legs
  • corn oil for frying
  • honey for stinging

Steps:

  1. Into a medium bowl whisk together the flour, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and garlic salt.
  2. Dredge (coat) the chicken in the seasoned flour mixture and set the chicken aside.
  3. In a large saute pan or skillet, heat about 1-inch of corn oil over medium high heat until it reaches 350 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer.
  4. Carefully place the chicken in the pan and fry 5 minutes per side.
  5. Lower the heat to low. Place a lid on the pan and cook the chicken 10 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a paper towel lined plate so any excess oil can drip off.
  7. Place the chicken on serving plates, drizzle with honey and enjoy!

The new cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards is now available from Amazon.com and bookstores worldwide. One of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year, "Edwardian Cooking: Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals."