Mom describes this dish simply as "a treat." On the plantation, fried chicken was saved for special family picnics or beach days with the family. Grandpa Haru and grandma Itsue would wake up at 5:30 am to cook rice, make musubis, fry chicken, make shoyu hot dog, and rolled egg. A day at the beach would be more than complete.
Grandma's fried chicken was actually very simple. Not much more than salt, pepper and a really good frying technique. My mom on the other hand added a couple more spices to this recipe but also kept it quite simple. In helping her to fry this chicken, I believe that good fried chicken is achieved when the oil is the perfect temperature and the chicken is fried with JUST the right amount of time. What I'm trying to say is that perfect fried chicken take practice and experience.
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1. Mix the flour with the paprika, salt and pepper. Wait till the oil is hot.
2. Coat the chicken pieces and fry, skin side down on medium high for 10 minutes in vegetable oil. (We used olive oil for sauteing and stir-frying).
3. Turn over and lower the heat, and fry on low for 20 more minutes. Juices should run clear.
And you're done! I would also recommend using a frying screen when frying to keep oil in the pan. We also used both a non-stick pan and stainless steel pan and both came out great! If you do use a stainless steel pan, make sure to heat the pan before adding the oil.
Fried Chicken Recipe:
(3-3 1/2 lb of chicken)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 T paprika https://amzn.to/3TWnOoU
1-1/2 tsp salt https://amzn.to/3M9Zoq6
1/2 tsp pepper https://amzn.to/3nmwAAs
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