Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Submitted by Sophie Reynolds


About the cook: I'm an Alabama college student who loves to cook and bake.

About the dish: A southern breakfast classic turned up a notch with the addition of spicy fried chicken.



National Origin: American

Serves: 8

Estimated Time: 1 to 2 Hours

Ingredients:

For the Spicy Fried Chicken:
3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into 2-3 pieces each
4 C. Buttermilk, full fat
2 C. hot sauce, such as Frank's Red Hot
3 TBS. cayenne pepper, divided in half
3 TBS. paprika, divided in half
3 TBS. chili powder, divided in half
1 1/2 TBS. black pepper, divided in half
1 1/2 TBs. kosher salt, divided in half, plus more for sprinkling
3 C. all purpose flour
Oil, for frying

For Biscuits:
2 C. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. unsalted butter, very cold
1 C. buttermilk, full fat, very cold
Melted butter, for brushing

Preparation:

For the Spicy Fried Chicken:

Combine buttermilk and half of the divided seasonings and hot sauce, then place chicken into mixture. Marinate for at least one hour, but preferably overnight.

Once marinated, combine flour with remaining seasonings. Dredge buttermilk soaked chicken into flour until fully coated. Let mix coated chicken stand for ten minutes to allow crust to form. While sitting, heat oil to 325°F in a cast iron skillet. Fry chicken 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown, and internal temperature reaches 165°F. Let drain on paper towels and garnish with additional sprinkling of salt, if desired.

For the Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Grate very cold butter into flour mixture and combine using either a pastry cutter or your hands, until the mix resembles coarse crumbs. Add in buttermilk and gently combine until fully formed. Do not knead. Pat dough into a 1 inch thick cylinder and cut using a round biscuit cutter that has been lightly floured.

Place cut biscuits onto a parchment paper lined sheet tray and brush tops with melted butter. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Assembly:

Split biscuits and place one piece of fried chicken inside. Garnish with any additional condiments, such as hot sauce, honey, or pickles. Enjoy!

Tip: Prepare biscuits and place in oven before coating and frying chicken. This ensures everything is done around the same time.

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