Saturday, November 03, 2018

Weekend Cooking: "Fried" chicken

When we aren't eating cake we are trying to eat a little healthier, but I am struggling a little bit with it. One of the reasons that I am struggling is that the sous chef has decided that we are going to eat more low carb high fat/keto rather than the traditional low fat/calorie counting philosophy of losing weight. This means we have been doing things like eating cauliflower mash and cauliflower fried rice. Where I am struggling is with things like eating bacon and eggs for breakfast on a regular basis or eating keto cheesecake as dessert. I have 30 years plus of conditioning around eating low fat yoghurt, drinking low fat milk, not frying anything, and certainly not having a kind of cheesecake for dessert.

Having said that, we are currently watching a British cooking show called Lose Weight for Good. It is hosted by a chef called Tom Kerridge. Tom was very, very overweight and lost a lot of weight by cutting out carbs and exercising but his show is all about how to eat delicious low fat, calorie counted food because that is what the UK government recommends as the best way to lose weight.  I am interested in getting hold of his previous book where he talked about the food he actually ate to lose weight.

It does make it a bit challenging to have the two different ways of eating but at the end of the day it's about trying to find tasty food to enjoy.

One of the early recipes in the series was for a Southern "fried" chicken and it looked so delicious that we had to try it, and the recipe was definitely a winner. We took it for lunch a couple of days with salad. Definitely a recipe to try again and again. If fact we had it for dinner again tonight!

We did also have an avocado dressing with the salad. I don't love avo but the sous chef is very keen on it, but it was very tasty to have with the chicken and salad.

Southern "fried" chicken (Tom Kerridge)

12 boneless chicken thighs (1kg/2lb 4oz in total), skin and visible fat removed
sunflower oil spray

For the crispy coating

75g/2½oz plain flour
1 tsp garlic salt
1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp flaky sea salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the marinade

200ml/7fl oz low-fat buttermilk
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp flaky sea salt
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried sage
¼ tsp white pepper

For the marinade, mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, add the chicken and coat well. Refrigerate overnight, or for at least four hours.

Preheat the oven to its hottest setting and line a large baking tray with baking paper.

For the crispy coating, mix all the ingredients together in a shallow bowl. Dip the chicken into the mixture and turn to coat well on all sides. Place on the lined baking tray. Spray each thigh 4–5 times with the oil.

Cook on the top shelf for 20–30 minutes, or until crispy, browned and cooked through. To test, poke the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer, the juices should run clear.

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  1. That’s certainly a healthier way to enjoy fried chicken, baking it. I could it it all sorts of ways! The best weight loss I have found was when I was on weight watchers. I could eat anything I wanted in Moderation. Moderation is certainly the key for me. But cutting way back on carbs is very helpful.

    Thanks for posting that recipe! Looks great.

    1. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago by watching what I ate, how much and moving more. Unfortunately I put it all back on again

  2. My "fried" chicken is a take on this except there is an egg in the batter.
    My step daughter is on the keto diet and it really works for her. I love carbs but would have a hard time with bacon and eggs every morning.
    We love cauliflower rice.

    1. We don't have bacon and eggs every day, just mainly on the weekend.

  3. This sounds really interesting. And good! Thanks for sharing it!

  4. This recipe looks awesome! I sure wish someone, somewhere would figure out the "best" diet for both weight loss and health.

    1. It would definitely make it easier if there was a definitive answer

  5. I'm going to look for the earlier book as well. Cheers

    1. I borrowed it from the library Carole. I haven't looked at it yet though

  6. The failure of the medical establishment with regard to weight-loss advice is epic!

    I'm surprised that at the highest oven heat (mine goes to 500ยบ F) you need up to 30 minutes for boneless chicken!

    best... mae at

    1. I think that helps the crispiness and the buttermilk helps keep the chicken moist

  7. It looks very tasty--so nice that it's healthier. ;-)