Fried chicken, ya’ll, its a southern staple. I’d almost say if you call yourself a southerner you should be required to prove you know how to make mouth watering fried chicken. For the record, I’d fail that test. I can make sweet tea, and on a good day I can make some homemade biscuits that’ll make your mouth water, but my fried chicken doesn’t hold a candle to my Mom’s.
My Mom made the best fried chicken I’ve ever had in my life. No matter how many times I try, I’ve never been able to duplicate her chicken. Maybe love was the secret ingredient.
Anyway, if you’re reading this post thinking I’m gonna spill some secret southern recipe from Mom, well, sorry to disappoint you, but that’s now gonna happen. Instead, I just wanted to share some tips on how to handle and store your precious fowl whether fried, grilled or stuffed and baked. I have friends that are chicken about fixing chicken at home because they’re afraid they’ll contaminate their kitchen.
WASH YOUR HANDS NOT YOUR CHICKEN
- After touching any raw meat, you should thoroughly wash your hands. Then, I recommend drying them on a paper towel versus a dish cloth.
- DON’T and that is DO NOT wash your chicken. Often when you wash chicken, you just cross contaminate your sink, counter-top and maybe the utensils, let the cooking kill any bacteria.
CUT WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS
- Use the right tools when cutting a chicken, and by tools I don’t mean power tools. NEVER use a wooden cutting board.
- Check out this helpful video on how to properly cut a chicken
DON’T REUSE MARINADES
- Now while this is a tip for everyone, guys, I am looking at the men that like to throw the chicken on the grill and then right before its done, toss on the leftover marinade. Um, bad idea, you just took raw juices mixed in with that marinade and doused your cooked chicken with it. So, all the bacteria you killed while mastering the grill, you just reintroduced right before serving it to your family & guests. DUMP the marinade once the meat goes on the grill…or risk getting ill.
For more tips on how to store, prepare and cook your chicken, check out the Sanderson Farms website.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sanderson Farms.