The Fourth of July is a time to kick back and celebrate. No party is complete without fireworks, parades and of course, barbeques featuring all-American favorites like fried chicken, barbecue, apple pie and iced tea. Tree Top, whose apple juice is made with 100 percent USA apples, offers up some great recipe ideas to complete your star spangled barbecue or picnic.
There are as many tips and tricks for fried chicken as there are cooks doing the frying! One of the lesser-known and prized secrets, however, includes soaking the chicken overnight in Tree Top Apple Juice, which will add extra flavor and tenderness.
Tree Top Apple Juice Fried Chicken Recipe
1 to 2 ½ pounds chicken, cut into pieces
1/3 cup water
Hot red pepper sauce (to taste)
1 cup salt
¼ cup black pepper
¼ cup garlic powder
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon pepper
Peanut oil for frying
Soak chicken in Tree Top Apple Juice overnight in refrigerator.
In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add hot sauce to taste, so the egg mixture is orange.
In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper.
Season the chicken with salt, black pepper and garlic powder mixture. Dip the seasoned chicken in the batter and then coat well in the flour mixture.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than ½ full with oil.
Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meats take longer than white meat. It should take dark meat approximately 13 to 14 minutes, while white meat cooks in 8 to 10 minutes.