Hash Browned Chicken

Marc Matsumoto

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Buttermilk brined fried chicken coated in a crispy shell of hashbrowns!

I'm pretty sure I may have mentioned once or twice that fried chicken is one of my favorite foods of all time. There's something fundamentally satisfying about the textural contrast of biting through a crisp savory shell into a juicy piece of chicken. Perhaps that's why I also love hash browns... Do you see where I'm going with this...

It's not like fried chicken needed to be reinvented, but I'm all about trying new things to see if there's something novel and delicious to be discovered. Afterall, if our predecessors only stuck to the foods they were familiar with, we'd still be hanging out in trees and eating fruits and nuts.

Hash brown coated buttermilk fried chicken goes beautifully with some maple syrup.

The inspiration for this Hash Browned Chicken came from my love of pouring maple syrup onto chicken and waffles, or honey onto chicken and biscuits. It's a sordid sweet and savory affair that goes back to my childhood when I'd "accidentally" pour maple syrup on everything on my plate, from sausages to hash browns. It didn't take much stimulus to spark the connection between hash browns and fried chicken, and from there it was just a matter of figuring out how to get the hash browns to stick to a piece of chicken (which was no small feat).

I tried everything from making a fritter batter with the potatoes to using eggs to bind the potatoes with the chicken. While these both these methods make coating the chicken marginally easier, they both give you a battered shell that's neither hash browny, nor fried chickeny. Precoating the chicken with flour results in a floury sticky mess and not using any flour will result in naked chicken with the strings of potato floating away in the oil. The best method I could come up with is to toss the potatoes with just enough flour so that the individual strands of potato don't stick together. Then the buttermilk brine that's still clinging to the chicken causes the flour coating the potatoes to stick together and form a shell that's not too dense.

It can still be a bit of challenge getting the potatoes to stick evenly without giving into the temptation to press everything together, but a little practice and you should have it down. After frying them up, the potatoes form a ridiculously crunchy crust that shatters with each bite. On a 1-10 crunch scale, these would rank an 11! Inside each bundle of hash brown goodness is a tender morsel of savory buttermilk brined chicken. Given that these stay crunchy long after they've cooled, they're perfect for taking on a picnic (just make sure they're totally cool before you put them in a brown paper bag to transport). Serve them with maple syrup, ketchup, or your favorite hot sauce for a tasty treat that's at once familiar and yet totally new.

What happens when you take a breakfast favorite and mash it up with a supper classic? Hash Browned Fried Chicken!

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Hash Browned ChickenI'm pretty sure I may have mentioned once or twice that fried chicken is one of my favorite foods of all time. There's something fundamentally satisfying about the textural contrast of biting through a crisp savory shell into a juicy piece of chicken. Perhaps that's why I also love hash browns... Do...

Summary

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  • Courseentrée
  • Cuisineamerican
  • Yield4 servings 4 servings
  • Cooking Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Preparation Time15 minutesPT0H15M
  • Total Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Passive Time8 hours

Ingredients

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1 cup
Buttermilk
1 teaspoon
Salt
1/2 teaspoon
Onion powder
1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon
Celery seeds
1/2 teaspoon
Dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 teaspoon
Garlic powder
700 grams
Skin-on chicken thighs (cut into 2-inchs chunks)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
800 grams
Potatoes (~6 medium potatoes, peeled)
65 grams
All-purpose flour (~1/2 cup)

Steps

  1. Add the buttermilk, salt, onion powder, black pepper, celery seeds, dried rosemary, and garlic powder to a bowl and mix until the salt is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the cut chicken pieces to the buttermilk brine and let this marinate in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours.
    Chicken in savory buttermilk brine for buttermilk fried chicken.
  3. When the chicken is done marinating grate the potatoes using a cheese grater and then grab a handful of shredded potato and squeeze them between your hands to remove as much liquid as you can. Repeat with the rest of the potatoes. If you do this too far in advance they may discolor a little bit, but you won't notice it after they're fried.
    Hashbrowns with excess water squeezed out.
  4. Prepare a wire rack with several layers of paper towels.
  5. Add 2-inches of vegetable oil to a heavy bottomed pot such as a dutch oven and heat to 340 degrees F (170 C).
  6. Add the flour to the squeezed potatoes and toss to coat evenly so that the potatoes don't stick together too much.
    Shredded potato hash browns for coating fried chicken.
  7. Coat each piece of chicken by using your hands to gently wrap the chicken with the shredded potatoes and then place them on a tray. The potatoes won't adhere to the chicken as easily as breadcrumbs so it will take a bit of practice, but don't squeeze the potatoes onto the chicken too much or they'll end up too dense.
    Coating the buttermilk brined chicken with hashbrowns.
  8. Add the chicken to the preheated oil and fry until it starts to brown on the bottom side and then flip and continue frying until the potatoes are an even golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to drain and repeat with the remaining chicken.
    Frying up the hash browned fried chicken.

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