On a typical monthly shop we usually buy whole chickens by the bag and break them down ourselves at home. We get a better deal that way and we end up paying less than about $6.00/kg. Every so often we make deep fried chicken sandwiches and have been experimenting with this recipe for awhile. Enjoy the photos!
Chick Fil A Style Deep Fried Chicken Breast
1 chicken breast, halved
1 cup pickle juice
1 cup white flour (make 1/2 brown for more authentic taste)
1 tblsp icing sugar
1 1/2 tblsp light dry malt extract
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
1 tsp dried summer savory
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
1/2 cup milk
Peanut oil for frying
Marinate halved chicken breast in pickle juice for one hour then drain. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Mix together the egg and milk in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the first group of dry ingredients. Batter the chicken by dunking and wetting it with the egg mixture, seasoning with salt, pepper, and paprika, then coating thoroughly with the flour mixture. Return the floured chicken to the egg mixture once more and coat again thoroughly with the flour mixture before setting down on a cooling rack. Let rest while you turn on the heat for your deep fryer, heavy pan, or dutch oven and heat oil up to 325 degrees F. Just before you add the chicken breast pieces to the deep fryer, dredge them in the flour mixture once more. Fry for 7-10 minutes, less if you have pounded them out, before removing to a cooling rack.
For the most authentic taste experience, serve on whole wheat buns toasted with honey butter, topped with vinegar marinaded pickle slices.