I feel like its been awhile since we did a post even though its really been less than a week; a day of you count the links post that I did yesterday. So I am excited to present to you experiences cooking Cajun fried chicken.
Now, I grew up with my mom making a very healthy but tasty oven baked chicken that mimicked the fried effect but did not include the skins. While I would not recommend this dish if you are more health conscious like my mother, I definitely found the chicken very tasty and easy to cook. Here is the recipe that I used:
The recipe calls for 6 thighs/ 6 breasts, but because I was only serving Julia and myself, I only used two split breasts with their skins still intact. I also cut the bones out for Julia’s chicken and left them in for myself which in my opinion makes the chicken much more flavorful (and it did). I also substituted cajun seasoning for creole seasoning which I think is the same thing, but feel free to let me know if I’m wrong. To make up for a cooking a much smaller portion I cut the ingredients in half which seemed logical in my head at least. Honestly, I was hoping for some spicy fried chicken not unlike Popeye’s Chicken which is sadly absent in central North Carolina.
Now I followed the recipe and everything and pre-seasoned and then shook the chicken in a bag with seasoning and flour before I threw it in the oven. But I don’t think I quite got the ratio of seasoning down right, so some parts of the chicken did not have the kick that I associate with Cajun food while others seemed to have a perfect flavor. However, I do think that the chicken turned out really tasty, and cooking in a pan in the oven with the butter was relatively simple way to do it.
I am thinking next time I will try to find a healthier way to do by using half the butter or maybe using dark meat which will not need as much butter because of its higher fat content. I am still working on my meat prep skills and under seasoning is still one of my major downfalls. I will definitely try this one again and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy way to cook some tasty spicy fried chicken.