TODAY | July 05, 2013
>>> it's time for today's kitchen, simple dinners. we're dining on fried chicken . you will love it. in honor of national fried chicken day, which is tomorrow. who knew.
>> here with the perfect recipe for buttermilk fried chicken is tonya holland, the chef and owner of brown sugar kitchen and sea side barbecue in oakland, california.
>> we love seeing you again.
>> i love being here. so this is a dish that has its own day. fried chicken . and this is one of our most popular dishes on our menu.
>> and we're not counting calories today.
>> no, we don't have to.
>> so this is our spice blend we start with. we use a dried rub of tarragon, thyme, oregano, salt, onion salt, paprika and cayenne pepper . this really is --
>> what does the parsley do?
>> it's a fresh herb. i like having parsley fresh because it's pretty easy to cut and prepare. really coat that. like you don't want to see any white skin or anything. and then i pour some buttermilk over it.
>> of course you do. who doesn't?
>> buttermilk fried chicken . and the -- you want to marinade it overnight. and it kind of tenderizes it and really lets the flavor just come out. that baby is ready to fry up.
>> so you coat it. this sits overnight. and you see how all the spices kind of meld together and then you dip it in flour.
>> come on. put it in that oil. i can't wait.
>> now we used a free range chicken, organic flour. i feel like all those things really add up and make a difference. we use a rice spray oil which is a little harder to get for a consumer, but a really clean oil. not a peanut oil . and let it come to like a crispy texture. so probably about five minutes. and then i remove it and put it on the baking sheet with a rack.
>> with waffles. of course. that's what we're known for.
>> no salad.
>> and our apple cider .
>> kathie, you want to try a piece? putting it on here lets the oil drip off and it's crispy and not really oily.
>> the sparkling wine is my favorite.
>> you are the sweetest, tonya.
>> happy fried chicken tomorrow.
>>> see the person in front of the camera? she is delicious and she's been with us for how many years? how many years?
>> it's been 5 1/2 years.
>> that was like when i came. she's leaving us to go off with that horrible jada, that horrible chef stealer. we miss you. we'll miss you, dear.
>> thank you.
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