Mini Fried Chicken

I must admit that I have always been a little intimidated by fried chicken. That big pot of hot oil combined with a platter of cut up chicken waiting to be fried equates to a splattering mess in my mind. But deep fry just about anything, and it tastes good. Mini Fried Chicken is no exception.

To overcome my fried chicken phobia, I decided to bread and fry chicken wings. These smaller chicken parts are easy to handle, fry up in about 12 minutes and are fun to eat. They offer the same crunchy coating and tender, juicy meat as the larger chicken pieces do, but in a more compact package.

My Mini Fried Chicken is perfect for little hands or is a welcome addition to a football buffet. A big batch can be made ahead to party or dinner time and served at room temperature or reheated in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

I am now a frying fool because of this recipe.

Mini Fried Chicken
makes 50 pieces

1 cup flour
1 cup seasoned, fine bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
50 chicken wing segments
canola oil

In a large, shallow bowl, combine the flour, breadcrumbs, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt. Dredge the chicken, a few pieces at a time, in the flour mixture making sure to shake off any excess flour. Place on a large baking sheet and refrigerate for 1 hour. Coat the chicken a second time with the flour mixture before frying.

Heat about 3 inches of canola oil in a large, high sided stock pot to 375 degrees. Deep fry about 8 - 10 pieces of chicken at a time for about 12 minutes, turning once. Drain on a wire cooling rack placed in a large baking sheet.

Serve immediately or cool completely and store in the refrigerator in a ziploc bag. Serve cold or reheat in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.


Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said...

What delicious looking chicken! Yum.

Ninette said...

Looks delicious! I love fried wings. I usually brine mine, fry them with no breading and then douse them with buffalo wing sauce made from Frank's red hot sauce and butter. To die for!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This is making me hungry but i must say that I am intimidated by frying also.

kat said...

My mouth is watering looking at those luscious fried wings

Patsyk said...

I have a ton of wings in my freezer just begging to be fried now!

teresa said...

i'm intimidated by fried chicken too, but i just want to dig into this!

MaryBeth said...

Fried chicken in any size is down right good...

Robin Sue said...

Great idea! I bet I can handle this for football season too.

kellypea said...

I haven't made fried chicken in FOREVER and you really have me thinking ; ) I grew up eating this about once a week and started making it for my family when I was about 11 if you can believe it. I may have to give it a go this weekend ; )

Anonymous said...

I love chicken like that - then I melt 2 tablespoons of butter and mix with 1/4 cup Frank's hot sauce and toss. Best buffalo wings ever!