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Posted: 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013
Mexican-Style Fried Chicken
3/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
11/2 lb. boneless chicken tenders, cut in half
11/2 lb. chicken wings, drummettes
Salt and pepper
Oil for frying, such as soy or canola
4 extra-large egg whites
1 cup flour
3/4 cup cornmeal or fine bread crumbs
1 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. ancho or medium-heat chile powder
1 1/2 tsp. smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp granulated onion
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
In a large bowl, combine the honey and vinegar. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Marinate 4 hours in the fridge.
Drain the chicken pieces on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
Fill a countertop fryer with oil or pour 3 inches of oil into a large Dutch oven. Heat the oil to between 350 degrees and 375 degrees for frying.
Line up 2 shallow bowls on the counter: Beat the egg whites in one; mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and spices in the second. Coat the chicken in the egg whites, then toss in the flour mixture. Fry in small batches until deep golden and juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Season the hot chicken with a little extra salt as it comes out.
Serve with honey, hot sauce and lime wedges. Serves 4 to 6.
— Rachael Ray
Rachael’s travel tips for finding the best that any city has to offer:
“The greatest travel resources are your friends,” Ray says, but when you get to a city, the best thing to do is ask a local. “They are excited to tell you about the coolest spots or the most fun places to eat. I have rarely been steered wrong.” Travel and review websites are helpful, but “nothing beats making a connection with someone and letting them play tour guide of their hometown or a place they know intimately.”
Rachael Ray to host SXSW parties at Stubb’s, Banger’s
Ray and her team host two events during SXSW: the big Feedback party at Stubbs and a lower key, multiday house party, which this year will take place at Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St. The house party, which starts March 13 and runs daily through March 16, will feature live music and food, and though the event is free, you have to have a wristband to get in. Organizers give away wristbands through social media, including @RRFeedback, and media outlets, including Austin360. The line-up for the March 16 Feedback party at Stubb’s is still evolving, but bands confirmed include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Delta Rae, Eagles of Death Metal, The Weeks and Spirit Family Reunion. Bob Schneider, who has become a close friend of Ray and Cusimano’s over the years, will again perform, as will another annual act The Cringe, Cusimano’s band.
This event is free and open to the public. Doors at Stubb’s open at 10:30 a.m. and the last band goes on at 4 p.m. They’ll announce the full menu soon, but one of the dishes they’ll serve is Mexican-Style Fried Chicken. You can find the recipe at statesman.com/real.