Day Four – home cooked KFC

No I’m not going crazy, I don’t expect you to come home from work and make fried chicken from scratch ( it’s Thursday for gods sake) but I do want you to try real chips, Nigellas way, if you can!!

I really have to worship at the feet of the domestic goddess for these as she has changed my life chips wise. I always ended up getting oven chips for ease, cause I was scared of getting the oil so hot but these are seriously soooo easy and the oil is only boiling hot for a couple of minutes and you aren’t dunking potatoes in it!!

Right, back to dinner. You’ve fought through your daily commute and you’ve got yourself a couple of spuds and your pack of (asdas) fried chicken portions, so now what? Well this recipe is another half hour special so get the oven on high!!

Pack of supermarket fresh fried chicken portions (frozen ones don’t taste as nice)
2 large baking potatoes (1 each)
Oil in a deep pan for deep frying
Optional extras…
Baked beans (with a squirt of BBQ sauce to make BBQ beans)

Pop in those chicken portions to the oven and let them do their thing and make sure you have a chip pan of oil on the hob (but NOT on the heat!!)

The only bit of work here is peeling and chipping your spuds, which should only take a couple of minutes. For this recipe I like them nice and thin so I use baking potatoes, cut into 1cm thick slices and then cut those into thin long “fries”. (Think KFC rather than Chip shop “chips”)

Once you’ve done this pop them all into the cold oil (don’t wash them, you want NO water in there) and turn the hob on. Next leave them to heat up and set your timer for 15 minutes. You can use this time to get any sides together ( I have salad, coleslaw and BBQ beans)

When the alarm goes off turn the chips in the bubbling oil, but be gentle you don’t want to break them. Now set the alarm for another 10 minutes and go away again!!

When the alarm goes off go back to your chips and check that they are floating at the top, golden and crispy ( if not leave for another 5 mins) and when ready take these out with a metal slotted spoon and put onto kitchen paper to drain any excess oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

Take the chicken out of the oven and plate up, together with your wonderful chips and any sides and enjoy!!!

The good stuff…
Cost: £4.50 for chicken and chips (beans and coleslaw add another £1)
Preparation time: 30 minutes fridge to plate

Tomorrow – Posh Fishcake and salad


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