Jerk Fried Chicken

My friend, Debby, is one of the most incredible people I know. No matter what life throws at her, and it has thrown a lot at her, she keeps her kind nature and faith in God. She is one of the kindest people I know, she is always doing for others and never asks for anything in return. Having Debby in my life has made me a better person. So yesterday, it was my pleasure to be able to do something for her.

Last year my friend, Steph and I went to a convention for the TV show, Supernatural. Steph and I had so much fun but something was missing. Almost from the very first minute of the convention Steph and I kept saying “Debby should be here.” “Debby would love this.” “Debby would be having so much fun.” By the end of the convention, Steph and I decided next year Debby would be coming to the convention on us.

Yesterday Steph and I were finally able to give Debby her tickets for the convention and tell her she was going with us. It was such a good feeling to surprise her and give her something good to look forward to. The three of us are going to have so much fun. Minneapolis is never going to be the same.

Jerk Fried Chicken

Ingredients

2 chicken drumsticks or thighs

1/2  cup all purpose flour

Salt and pepper, to taste

Good frying oil or lard

Jerk Seasoning

1 1/2 tsp ground allspice

a pinch of ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1  1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp garlic powered

1 tsp ground ginger

Mix all the seasoning  together, set aside. Heat 1/2 inch oil over medium high heat in a large, deep skillet saucepan with a lid. Sprinkle the chicken with salt,  pepper and the Jerk seasoning, using as much seasoning as you want.

When the fat reaches 350 degrees, or a pinch of flour sizzles when dropped in the fat,  raise the  heat to high.  Add the chicken, skin side down, one piece at a time.  When all the pieces are in the pan, reduce the heat to medium high and cover with a lid. Cook the chicken for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, uncover the chicken and turn the chicken skin side up with tongs. Cook, uncovered for 7 more minutes. If the chicken appears to be scorching, reduce the heat or move the pieces around.   Turn skin side down and cook for about 5 minutes, moving the chicken around so it gets golden on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain on paper towels. Serve.

 

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