Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
I found this recipe on the KaukauTime blog. I haven't tried it yet, but wanted to save it since I miss the taste of Zippy's! Note: The secret of Zippy's Crispy Fried Chicken is the paprika and flour. The paprika and flour will make the chicken crispy without it being overly battered. Adding a bit of cornstarch will make it even more crispier if you prefer it this way. The more paprika you add will also make the chicken darker.
- 1 (3 -4 lb) fresh whole broiler-fryer chickens
- 2 cups wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons white pepper
- 1 tablespoon msg (I'm not advocating for this one..you can)
- 2 teaspoons fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 pinch coarse hawaiian rock salt (or two!) or 1 pinch kosher salt (or two!)
- canola oil (for deep frying)
- warm water, to cover chicken
- Rinse and cut up chicken into parts easy for frying.
- Drain and in colander and put in clean mixing bowl and cover with warm water.
- Add 2 big pinches of Hawaiian rock or kosher salt to bowl to create a salt brine for the chicken.
- Soak chicken parts for 10 minutes.
- Drain in colander and do not rinse.
- In another mixing bowl add dry ingredients such as flour, garlic powder, paprika, white/black pepper, and MSG.
- Mix with wire whisk or blend in a blender to remove flour lumps.
- Add drained chicken pieces to mixing bowl of dry ingredients.
- Dredge chicken parts well to make sure it covers the whole piece.
- Shake excess flour off of chicken and set aside on tray or cookie sheet while you're heating up oil.
- Heat canola oil in wok, deep frying pan, or dedicated deep fryer with oil enough to cover chicken pieces.
- Heat oil to 350-375°F.
- Add chicken in 2 batches.
- Chicken batches will cook for approximately 15mins or until golden brown all over.
- Drain on paper towels and keep in 150°F oven to keep warm.
I don't eat a lot of fried food, but I do LOVE fried chicken. I made this using 1 chicken breast, split. I made a full batch of coating mix, used about 1/3 of it, and stored the rest in a sealed jar for next time (and there will be a next time!) The coating was crisp and the meat was tender and juicy. The seasoning was perfect. Made for PAC Spring 2007.
Mahalo for sharing ~_~* It was easy to make, & delightfully delicious. I live in Europe so to have my hawaiian zippy's fried chicked was a bonus. aloha nui loa