Cooking in a small amount of heart-healthy peanut oil adds flavor and makes the chicken crispy.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 1 1/4 pounds), skinned
2 chicken thighs (about 10 ounces), skinned
2 chicken drumsticks (about 10 ounces), skinned
1/4 cup peanut oil
How to Make It
Place first 5 ingredients in a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag, and shake to blend. Sprinkle salt evenly over chicken. Add chicken, 1 piece at a time, to bag. Seal bag, and shake to coat chicken. Remove chicken from bag, shaking off excess flour. Place chicken on a cooling rack; place rack in a jelly-roll pan. Reserve and refrigerate remaining flour mixture in bag. Loosely cover chicken with wax paper; chill 1 1/2 hours. Let chicken stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Return chicken, 1 piece at a time, to flour mixture, shaking bag to coat chicken. Discard excess flour mixture.
Heat peanut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 25 minutes or until done, carefully turning every 5 minutes.
Line a clean cooling rack with several layers of paper towels. Drain chicken on paper towels; let stand 5 minutes.
Young chefs can:
Shake chicken in sealed plastic bag
Tear off and stack paper towels
Older chefs can:
Measure flours and spices
Add measured ingredients to plastic bag
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