My husband’s dream Valentine’s Day dinner has to involve fried chicken. ❤ Weeks earlier, I had seen this recipe in Bon Appetit and thought it would be perfect for our celebration… The problem was that I didn’t remember where I had seen my perfect recipe. I had to search far and wide to finally track it down. Thankfully, that happened in time!
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Alison Roman. I used coarse yellow grits and added additional water and milk until the desired consistency was achieved. I also used a combination of baby kale, chard and spinach for the sautéed greens. My husband didn’t want hot pepper jelly (can you believe it?) so I didn’t add it to the greens while they were cooking. I added it to my plate at the end! (Tons of it!)
We ate this dish for dinner but it would be wonderful for any meal of the day- brunch too. 🙂 Absolutely Delicious!!
AND… I almost forgot… We had my homemade version of the best-selling Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie as our grand finale. What a meal. 🙂
Yield: Serves 4
For the Chicken:
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
For the Grits:
- coarse salt
- 1½ cups white or yellow grits (not instant)
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 ounces finely grated Parmesan
- freshly ground black pepper
- milk, as needed, to achieve the desired consistency
For Frying And Assembly:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp kosher salt, plus more
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 T unsalted butter or olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds baby kale, chard and spinach or 2 bunches kale, or Swiss chard, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 T distilled white vinegar
- 1 T hot pepper jelly, plus more for serving (I used Trader Joe’s)
Marinade the Chicken:
- Combine buttermilk, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, and paprika in a large bowl or large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken thighs, cover bowl or seal bag, and toss to coat. Chill at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours. (I did 12 hours.)
Make the Grits:
- Bring 4 cups salted water to a boil and gradually add grits, whisking constantly. Cook, whisking occasionally, until grits are very tender and creamy, 25–30 minutes. Add cream cheese and Parmesan; whisk until melted and incorporated; season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm until ready to serve. Add more water or milk to adjust the consistency as needed.
For Frying And Assembly:
- Whisk flour, cayenne, garlic powder, paprika, and 2 tsp. salt in a medium bowl.
- Remove chicken thighs from brine, letting excess drip off.
- Working in batches, dredge chicken in flour mixture, occasionally dipping your fingers in brine as you pack on flour to help create moistened, shaggy bits (the makings of a super-crisp crust); transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
- Fit a large cast-iron skillet with thermometer and heat oil until thermometer registers 350°.
- Working in batches and returning oil to 350° between batches, fry chicken thighs, turning occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and coating is deep golden brown and crisp, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet and let sit while you cook the greens.
- Heat butter or olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add greens in large handfuls, letting it cook down slightly before adding more and tossing to coat. Season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally, until wilted and bright green, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and 1 Tbsp. pepper jelly and toss to coat, if desired.
- Divide grits evenly among bowls and top with greens, fried chicken, and more pepper jelly.
Two Years Ago:
Three Years Ago:
Oh yum, yum, yum! We had fried chicken the other day but it came from our grocery deli. I’m sure your version was much tastier, and YES please on the hot pepper jelly! 🙂
Thank you!! 🙂 I didn’t know how much I liked hot pepper jelly! 😉
That’s one good looking dinner! 🙂
Or breakfast, brunch, or lunch- yes? 😉 Thank you so much, Ronit!
Absolutely, with lots of hot pepper jelly! 🙂
They should cast you instead of Julianna Marguilies for The Good Wife (get it?) lol
Ok, but seriously though, your husband is one lucky man to get this for his V-Day Dinner. It looks delish Josette, great job:-)
I keep telling him how lucky he is! 😉 Thanks, Jess. 🙂
Oh this looks so good Josette. Interesting addition of the hot pepper jelly.
It broadened my horizons… I didn’t know how delicious hot pepper jelly was!! It really added to the finished dish. Thanks, Johanne. 🙂
That looks like a dish packed with flavour…but please remind me, what are grits??
Grits are essentially the same as polenta- coarse corn meal. Creamy and delish!
My husband would love this too! He adores yellow corn grits, and I have never thought of pairing them with chicken. Thanks for sharing!
We always have shrimp and grits for Easter (weird, I know!). Fried chicken and grits were quite wonderful too! I would HIGHLY recommend this dish- make it for your hubby! 🙂
You got my attention with the cheesy grits. Love them! Glad, too, that you used chicken thighs. I rarely use the breasts when I cook. I find thighs so much more flavorful and moist.
Thank you so much, John. This was quite a meal! I rarely use chicken breasts either- I’m a total convert to thighs. 🙂