by lisa | 13 July 2013 10:14
I loved my grandpa more than anything. He always made me feel like I was his favorite person in the world. He and my grandma were farmers for many years and some of my very first memories are of being on their farm and hearing the coffee percolating in the morning. After they sold their farm, they became truckers and drove a big yellow and green Mayflower truck. I can’t tell you how excited I would get when that truck pulled up in front of my house. He just did things that I’ll never forget. When I was taking a foreign language in high school, he went to the library and checked out a dictionary in that language and then wrote me a whole postcard. One year for Christmas, he put a riddle on each one of my presents that I had to solve before I could open the gift.
My grandparents were both quite the cooks in the kitchen.They introduced me to cream cheese and fried zucchini. They also taught me how to play poker, but that’s a whole other story! I baked my first ever cake with my grandma, who always let me lick the spoon. My grandfather made me a cookbook when I was about 20. He typed it all out on a typewriter and included fun little bits of trivia and information along with his super delicious recipes. I pulled it out the other day just so I could read his words.
On one of his many visits, he was on a mission to recreate Kentucky Fried Chicken. He was sure he could do it. He made batch after batch and destroyed my mother’s kitchen in the process. That’s one of the last times I remember eating fried chicken. I ran across a very non-paleo cajun fried chicken recipe the other day (after I had been looking at my grandpa’s cookbook) and decided that I just really needed to make some fried chicken. I think it might even have turned out as good as my grandpa’s KFC copycat. This truly was “Finger Lickin’ Good” chicken. This did take some time, but it wasn’t complicated and the mess was not as bad as I expected.
I kind of want to deep fry everything now.
I served this up with a Green Chili Coriander Sauce, but to be honest with you, I didn’t put any sauce on my chicken after the first bite. The sauce is delicious and very flavorful, but the the chicken was so good that I didn’t want to cover it up with anything. I’m saving the sauce to pour over a steak salad for lunch.
Mix everything together and blend well. You will need 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons for this recipe and you will still have leftover spice for other recipes. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
Wash and pat dry the chicken. Rub the chicken with about 1 Tablespoon of the Cajun spice mix. I layed out all the pieces, sprinkled 1/2 Tbs spice, rubbed it in, flipped the chicken and sprinkled and rubbed again.
Place the chicken in a zip lock bag and refrigerate for 2 hours or longer. If you are impatient, you could shorten this.
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