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Spicy Fried Chicken


Serves 4-6

A spicy yogurt marinade adds some zing to these fried chicken drumsticks, perfect for a picnic or any casual summer meal.

  • 9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2-1/2 tsp. kosher salt; more as needed
  • 2 tsp. Bell’s Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 2-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 8 chicken drumsticks, skin removed

Put the flour in a large, sturdy brown paper bag and the yogurt in a medium bowl. To the flour, add 1 Tbs. of the chili powder, 2 tsp. of the salt, 1 tsp. each of the poultry seasoning, onion powder, and pepper, and 1/4 tsp. each of the celery seed and cayenne. Roll the top of the bag closed and shake to combine.

To the yogurt, add the remaining 1 Tbs. chili powder, the remaining 1 tsp. each poultry seasoning, onion powder, and pepper, 1/2 tsp. of the salt, the remaining 1/4 tsp. celery seed, and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne. Mix well.

In an 11- or 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.

Add the drumsticks to the yogurt mixture and stir and toss (with your hands or tongs) to coat completely. Put 4 of the drumsticks in the bag with the flour mixture, close the bag, and shake vigorously (over the sink in case any flour escapes) to coat well. Shake off excess flour, put the drumsticks on a plate, and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Put the drumsticks in the hot oil, cover, and fry until they’re golden brown on the bottom, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn each drumstick and continue to fry, uncovered, turning occasionally as needed to brown evenly, until golden brown and cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes longer (cut into a piece to check). Put the drumsticks on a wire rack set over paper towels to drain and sprinkle all over with salt while still hot. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Grilled Corn on the Cob and Apple Fennel Slaw on the side.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on six servings, Calories (kcal): 150, Fat (kcal): 5, Fat Calories (g): 45, Saturated Fat (g): 1.5, Protein (g): 18, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2, Carbohydrates (mg): 8, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 210, Cholesterol (g): 55, Fiber (g): 1,

Photo: Scott Phillips

We've added this to our "do again" pile. Good flavor hot or cold, and fast enough to do on a week-night. I let the chicken sit in the yogurt/spice marinade for about two hours (mostly just because I had time to mix it up early) so the chicken was well season beneath the coating. I was too lazy to remove the chicken skin, but didn't notice any problems with cooking it with the skin on.

So easy to make and so delicious!

This is really tasty on boneless, skinless chicken breasts as well. Of course, you must be more careful when cooking as breast meat dries out quicker than dark, but all it all, with a good sear, it's REALLY tasty!! Well done!

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