TODAY | September 13, 2013
>> we are back with today's kitchen. what's for dinner? we have classic favorites with a twist.
>> that's right. sunny anderson created delicious dishes for your family. they'll devour these things. her new cook book is sunny's kitchen. easy food for real life . welcome back.
>> thank you.
>> before we get to the food -- i want to get to this food. i love chicken especially. we were reading about your background. i wasn't aware of how many different kinds of lives you've had.
>> i've lived many lives. that's probably why i'm a cat mama. i'm 38 and right out of high school i went into the air force for broadcasting. i did radio work for some time and i lived in korea like good morning vietnam and then i just -- you guy versus my military picture up.
>> did you think we would ask and not show the picture?
>> so i went away and enjoyed my time in the military. did radio and new york hot 97.
>> but there was a love of food and here you go.
>> now you have your own cook book .
>> can you believe it?
>> you have ten different chicken wing recipe.
>> yeah, wings are the first thing i ever did on food network . lots of chicken wings but these are my fried three piece chicken wings .
>> you brine those though.
>> yes. kosher salt and sweet tea . soak it in the south. that's some water.
>> what did you think it was? vodka.
>> i don't know. it is sunny anderson .
>> drunken chicken . brining, if you're wondering what that is, it's just a marinade and getting flavoring in there and the salt is important because not only does it flavor the inside of the chicken but it plays it nice and moist.
>> that's right here and you pat it dry and what you want to do is start to dredge. i build a dredge in a paper bag. very simple. what's different with my dredge, it's not just ploflour, i add cornstarch to it. it makes it nice and crisp for you. add salt in there savannah.
>> a pinch.
>> just a little pinch.
>> some pepper. and the rule with chicken when you're frying is chicken is wet. add something dry. shake that up.
>> good one.
>> while she is doing that, we need to make the syrup.
>> i serve it with sweet tea syrup. very easy. i have sugar in here.
>> a lot of sugar in here.
>> yes, sir. reduce it down with a little bit of tea. that's lemon juice and lemon zes.
>> all of it?
>> throw the zest in.
>> you cook it down and then i add in fresh thyme.
>> to contrast the flavors there.
>> it is so good. then you go to go into the egg wash.
>> let's see if it's better.
>> so the egg wash.
>> get your fingers in there.
>> salmonella everybody. wash your hands always. so then after you're done with the dry, you go into the wet. that's egg, cayan, drop that into the oil.
>> not that one. this one.
>> that right there and what i like to do is let the chicken wait and hang out so put that into the oil.
>> stand clear.
>> like you're doing surgery.
>> thought it was going to explode?
>> about 15 minutes and it's done. i got that over here.
>> great recipes in this book.
>> thank you.
>> we love having you here.
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