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Fried Chicken and Gravy

Fried Chicken and Gravy

Serves: 12 as appetizer


Chicken brine:
  • 5 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 16 cups Water
  • 3 Lemons halved
  • 6 Bay leaves
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch thyme
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsps black peppercorns
  • 1 cup Salt
Egg Wash:
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsps Milk
Seasoned Flour:
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup onion powder
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsps salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup Grated Cheese such as Comte, Cheddar or Swiss
  • 1 Tbsp bacon fat
  • 2 tsps salt


Chicken Brine:

Bring water up to a boil with all of the seasoning. Cool down completely. Add Chicken to brine and submerge for 24 hours. Remove from Brine and pat dry prior to breading.

Egg Wash:

Whisk until combined. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Seasoned Flour:

Combine all dry ingredients until fully incorporated.


Pour 2 quarts of oil into a large enough pot to hold the 2 quarts of oil leaving at least half of the pot space open for frying. When the oil is ready for frying, test with batter and it should bounce in the oil and sizzle. Oil should not smoke. Temperature should be between 325-350 degrees.

To assemble the Chicken, keep one hand for wet ingredients and the other for dry ingredients. You will need a sheet pan for the final product to rest prior to frying. Place the egg wash into a wide, flat dish and the flour mixture into a wide flat dish as well such as a hotel pan. Dust the dry chicken thighs from the brine into the flour mixture. Pat off any excess and using the wet hand, dip the chicken into the egg wash. Re-dip chicken into the flour mixture before frying.

Fry Chicken until golden brown for 4-5 minutes. Keep warm in a 250-degree oven and serve with Gravy.


In a medium size saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and stir to create a paste. Slowly whisk in cold water stirring until fully smooth. The milk should start to thicken slightly. Add the grated cheese, bacon fat and season to taste with salt.

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