Recipe: Chef Art Smith’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

From time to time, we see a recipe that we just have to share.  We love Chef Art Smith and adore dining at his signature restaurant – Table fifty-two – the home of Southern hospitality in Chicago!  Chef was featured on the inaugural viewing of Windy City Live and he shared his famous Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe.

Recipe: Chef Art Smiths Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Chef Art Smith

And our apologies in advance to all the brides on a diet but this is a guilty pleasure!!!

Art Smith’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 quarts cold water
- 4 quarts ice
- one 4-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon Franks Red Hot hot sauce
- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups White Lilly self-rising flour
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions:

In a pot, dissolve 1/2 cup of the salt in the water and ice. Submerge the chicken in the brine; refrigerate overnight.

Drain and rinse the chicken. Rinse out the pot. Add the buttermilk andhot sauce submerge the chicken in the buttermilk and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove chicken from the buttermilk. Place the eggs and hot sauce in a mixing bowl and add the chicken allowing it to be lighly coated with the egg mixture. Remove from the egg mixture.

In a shallow bowl, mix the flour, thyme leaves, garlic powder, Old Bay, cayenne, black pepper and the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Shake the excess marinade off the chicken, then dredge in the flour. Dip the chicken back into the buttermilk and coat again in the flour.

Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 375°. Fry the chicken in batches until golden and cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and serve.

BON APPETIT!!!

Written by theBrideScoop Editor

Claudia Antony Zompa is Editor-in-Chief of theBrideScoop. All the articles written by me are my own opinions and may or may not reflect the opinions of the other writers at theBrideScoop.

Claudia has been planning events, weddings and far flung vacations around the globe for her friends, family and colleagues since she was in college. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of theBrideScoop, Claudia is owner of Chicago-based event planning company AS YOU WISH focused on creating magnificant weddings, fabulous social events and outstanding galas and fundraisers.

Claudia has a bachelor degree in business administration from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from The University of Chicago. She is a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). She is a Founding Board Member of Wish Upon A Wedding – Chicago Chapter and a Founding Member of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association.

Recipe: Chef Art Smiths Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Comments

  1. Ellyn says:

    YUM! I love Chef Art Smith too! And his fried chicken at table 52 is delicious. I have made this recipe before and it comes out perfect.

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