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Buttermilk Fried Chicken? Pinterest Fail

Buttermilk Fried Chicken? Pinterest Fail

March Pinterest Challenge

T was so excited when he drew Jo’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken from the little golden bowl this month. This was one of his picks! He is determined to master his fried chicken!

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Welcome to the March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So this month, I chose to make Jo’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken.

The original Fried Chicken Recipe called for:

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb chicken wings, chicken legs or chicken breast
  • vegetable oil for frying

What we did differently:

First, we soaked the chicken overnight in buttermilk. We don’t recommend you do that. At all. Ever.

Also, T likes his chicken flavorful so we added 1 tsp of Farmer’s Poultry seasoning from the Spice Lab.

Here is how our chicken fry went down.

It was a scene in here, Y’all! The first thing we apparently did wrong was to soak the chicken in buttermilk overnight. Don’t do that. The next thing we did wrong was to double dredge the chicken. There was about three times as much batter as meat. That might sound awesome in theory but in reality, it is very far from awesome. As the pieces sat waiting to be fried on the plate, each chicken leg resembled more a whole chicken. Fluffy and round and weeping, already begging for our mercy… We should have known then that things were not heading in a good direction.

Fried Chicken Fail

Still, we put it in the oil and relaxed a bit as we saw it transform completely into lovely pieces sporting a golden brown crust. Little did we know that the crunchy exterior was a mere illusion. Just below it, a sponge-like layer lingered. A wet, sponge-like layer…

Fried Chicken Pinterest Fail

Once the cooking time was up we pulled out our giant chicken legs. We had a moment there, we didn’t know what lie beneath that shell yet. We high fived. Soon, our enthusiasm was deflated as we discovered that our batter was so thick we could have grabbed a needle and thread and sewed us together a winter coat. It was so ridiculously thick that it apparently protected the chicken below it by encapsulating it in its golden folds effectively shielding it against the heat of the oil. That’s powerful stuff.

Fried Chicken Major Fail

And even though we followed the cooking time on the recipe our chicken was still pretty in pink. Very pink. Like raw pink. We followed up by putting it into the oven for twenty minutes more. Thick pieces of batter slid from the chicken pieces during transport dropping like rocks to the plate below. We were surprised the plate survived the impacts. When we finally pulled the half-naked chicken from the plate and dared each other to take a bite, we found it was rubbery and bland. Horrible. Colonel Sanders would never forgive us.

We do not wish in any way to imply that the original recipe is not awesome. We clearly mixed something wrong. We shouldn’t have soaked that poor innocent chicken overnight like we did. We messed it up. And while there is nothing funny about wasting chicken, we still couldn’t help but laugh really hard at that crust! I had tears! So we made a memory. And that’s even better than awesome fried chicken, right?

Check out our January Pinterest Challenge so we can save face and prove we can cook.

And also our grand success in our February Pinterest Challenge.

Best Appetizer Recipe

Stay tuned for next month when we try to make Hot Black Bean and Corn Dip!

To join next month’s challenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ April Pinterest Challenge

Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications

Bri – Halfpint DesignJenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts

Joanne – Our Unschooling JourneyEmily – Domestic Deadline

Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Kelli – The Olympic Nest

Sam – Raggedy Bits • Lynne – My Family Thyme • Beverly – Across the Blvd.

Debra – Shoppe No. 5 • Pili – My Sweet Things

Laurie – My Husband Has Top Many Hobbies • Kristie – Teadoddles

Julie – Sum of their StoriesGwen – Geez, Gwen!

Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Candice – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Megan – C’mon Get Crafty

T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet • Kenyatta – My Design Rules

Sherry – Olives & Okra • Maria – Tinselbox • Magen – The Kusi Life

Cherryl – Farm Girl Reformed • Teri – The Freshman Cook

Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Micah – Home Faith Family • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meal

Lauren – Mom Home Guide • Deborah – Salvage Sister & Mister

Gail – Purple Hues and Me • Terri – Our Good Life • Lisa – Blogghetti

Lauren – Wonderfully Made • Sue – A Purdy Little House

Toni – Small Home Soul • Maureen – Red Cottage Chronicles

Rebecca – Hello Central Avenue • Alicia – Lili’s View

Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures • Michelle – Our Crafty Mom

Jennifer – Children’s Directory and Single Mommy in the City

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19 thoughts on “Buttermilk Fried Chicken? Pinterest Fail

  1. I’m so sorry your chicken didn’t turn out, but I’ll admit that I laughed out loud at this post! Frying things with a crust took me a long time to master & I still can’t fry chicken on the bone! Either it’s not done or the crust is over done. Boneless chicken is no problem for me, however! I’ve never had a problem soaking things in buttermilk overnight, but if it had the other things {egg & baking soda/powder}, that may have been the problem. I also don’t let my chicken sit in flour while I cook the first round, I add it just before cooking. Personally, I find that works better. I hope you’re chicken frying goes better next time! 🙂

    1. Thank you for such good advice! These are excellent tips and we will apply your suggestions to our next batch! Thanks so much Kristie!

  2. Gwen, Sorry the chicken didn’t turn out as planned, but what a great post! I enjoyed every minute of it, so there is your win!

  3. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed reading about a pinterest fail more! You have a knack for making your posts entertaining. At least you learned what not to do if you try the recipe again!

    1. Thanks so much, Beverly! We try to have fun, no matter what! And we are always learning! Often, we are learning what not to do again 🙂 But hey, learning is learning! We will take what we can get! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I think it’s impossible to master fried chicken but we will surely try again! Also, it’s hard to share a fail but we are keeping it real over here 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. You had me laughing so hard. I’ve cooked food that turned into hard weapons before…lol. I’ve soaked chicken overnight, so I’m wondering if it was the double dipping that created the super thick crust?

  5. It might have been an awful meal but you’ve given us all a good laugh, sewing together a winter coat!!!
    Good luck next time (or maybe just go to KFC – that’s what I do when we need a good fried chicken fix!)

    1. Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I think the ratio to make buttermilk is 1 cup milk to 1 Tbsp of either lemon juice or vinegar. Hope that helps. Have a great day!

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