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Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits


    Fried Chicken Thighs
    8 skinned and boned chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 lb.)
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1/8 teaspoon onion powder
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 large egg
    Vegetable oil
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 cups bread flour
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    2 tablespoons sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter, cut into small cubes
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    1 large egg
    Parchment paper
    Chopped pickled green tomatoes, local honey


1. Prepare Chicken: Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and next 2 ingredients. Whisk together 1 cup buttermilk and 1 egg in a large bowl; add chicken, tossing to coat.

2. Pour oil to depth of 1 inch into a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 325°. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Fry chicken, in 2 batches, 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels, and keep warm.

3. Prepare Biscuits: Combine bread flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Place cubed butter in a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze flour mixture and butter separately 10 minutes or until well chilled. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups buttermilk and 1 egg in a small bowl.

4. Cut chilled butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Add buttermilk mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

5. Preheat oven to 450°. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 to 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut into 8 squares, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

6. Bake at 450° for 15 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Split biscuits; fill each with 1 cooked chicken thigh and desired toppings.

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