Give traditional fried chicken some Creole flavor with Emeril's family-friendly -- and picnic perfect -- recipe, originally from his "Emeril's Potluck" cookbook.

Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large nonreactive container, mix together buttermilk, 1/4 cup Essence, salt, sugar, and garlic. Add chicken to container, pushing down to immerse in liquid. Cover and transfer container to refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

    Advertisement
  • In a large resealable plastic bag or a double brown bag, combine flour, remaining 1/4 cup Essence, and cayenne pepper; shake to combine. Working in batches, add chicken pieces to bag and shake to coat. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour. Place coated chicken on a large wire rack set over a baking sheet. Let stand for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat 4 inches of oil over medium-high heat in a medium Dutch-oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan until it reaches 300 degrees on a deep-fry thermometer. Working in batches, add chicken, skin-side down, to pot and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Turn, and continue frying until golden brown on bottom side, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Let chicken stand 5 minutes before serving.

Reviews (7)

1 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
03/16/2010
I made this fried chicken recipe last weekend. I found that cooking at 360F is too high and will create a very dark verging on burned. 300F worked a lot better giving time for the chicken to cook thoroughly without burning the coating. Also, I searched the internet and found the 300F recommendation for this very same recipe published on another site.
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2010
Yes, it must be a misprint b/c Emeril said 360-370 degrees.
Rating: Unrated
03/15/2010
Yes, it must be a misprint b/c Emeril said 360-370 degrees.
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
I stand corrected - it is in the Potluck cookbook, however, it is called "Chicken In A Box". Now that we have that cleared up...
Rating: Unrated
03/09/2010
I checked the "Emeril's Potluck" cookbook and I don't see the recipe, is it in one of his other cookbooks?
Rating: Unrated
03/05/2010
Is it 300 or 360 degrees for the oil?
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
03/05/2010
On your show today, Emeril said that the oil should be at 360 - 375 degrees for good frying. Not 300.