Well, I would say summer is officially here in the south. My car thermometer registered 107. Summertime also means Father’s Day to me. I want to make my Dad’s favorite thing to eat and that is none other than Southern Fried Chicken. My brother and I would tease my Dad for not leaving one piece of meat on the bone of his chicken. He told us this story of why he couldn’t leave any meat on the bones.
During special occasions, all the family (my grandfather was one of 12 children) would come over for supper. The adults would go first to get their plates. They would get the larger pieces of chicken. When it was finally time for the children to get their plates, the only chicken that was left was the wings and drumsticks. This was during the depression and food was scarce. They killed their own chickens and they grew their own vegetables. Some of those habits of those who lived during that time do not die-hard. My Dad doesn’t like to throw anything away and this story is 60 something years old.
I would branch out and say all of us have opinions based on what we grew up experiencing, good or bad. Politically my Dad and I don’t always see eye to eye. In fact, I think he may be absolutely wrong and bases his opinion from fear of an unknown. There aren’t many people in the world that I love more than my father. We can have different political views and still have a respect and love for one another that supersedes politics and power. Sometimes we choose not to talk about it. We have gotten down right “hot” with discussions over plates of fried chicken. However, I know that discussing and connecting over meals eases tension and brings joy in our hearts no matter our differences. If he would just pretends to listen and agree all is well!
I believe that all anyone wants is to be respectfully heard. That may seem to simple but it seems to me to be the only place we can start. At the end of a political season, these moments of laughter and togetherness will be what matters in times of differences. I hope you too will enjoy my recipe of Southern Fried Chicken and it brings you the same joy and togetherness it brings to me, especially in the heat of the moment. 😉
Southern Fried Chicken
4 Chicken breasts
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1/2 cup canola
Soak your chicken breast in the buttermilk for at least an hour or overnight. When ready to fry, mix your panko, flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl so that you can dredge your breasts into the mixture making a thick coating. The black pepper is a key ingredient. If you feel up to it, add more! After each breast has been coated, heat your oil in a cast iron skillet or fry pan. When the oil is hot, add the breast making sure not to crowd them. If you need to, do two batches. Fry each side about 3-5 minutes watching to make sure the oil doesn’t get too hot and burn. When your breast are browned, put in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees fahrenheit. Finish the chicken off in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Southern Fried Chicken is great with corn on the cob and watermelon or slice your chicken and put on a garden salad. The cooked chicken is great refrigerated and later packed in a cooler for picnics at the pool or amusement parks.
Happiest Father’s Day to all the Dads, enjoy and I wish you the happiest of summers!