TODAY   |  July 05, 2013

Mmm! Make this buttermilk fried chicken

It’s national fried chicken day! Celebrate the occasion with this popular recipe of spiced buttermilk fried chicken on a waffle by Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Tanya Holland.

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>>> 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.

>> tomorrow.

>> 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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