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Fried Chicken

1-1 / 2 c. cornstarch
1 T. celery salt
1 T. garlic powder
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4# fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
peanut oil
3 c. rice flour
1-1 / 2 tsp. baking powder
2-1/2 c. sparkling water

In a re-sealable bag, mix cornstarch, celery salt, garlic powder, baking powder, 1-1 / 4 tsp. pepper and 1-1 / 4 tsp. salt. Place the chicken pieces in the bag, seal, and shake to coat. Remove, shake off excess flour, set on a rack over a bakingsheet. Let set for 15 min.

Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, add enough oil so that it comes about halfway up the side of the pot. Heat over highheat until the oil reaches 375°.

Make the batter: In a large bowl, combine rice flour, baking powder, 1 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. salt. Add sparkling water,while stirring, to create a thin batter. Refrigerate for 10 min.

Dip the chicken in the batter, shake off excess. Immediatelyplace in hot oil. Fry until the batter is golden brown. Wings take about 8 min; 10 min for drumsticks; 12-14 min for thighs and breasts. Drain chicken on a wire rack set over a baking sheet, and immediately sprinkle with salt. Hold in a warm
oven until ready to serve. (Great served with Bacon Waffles. Recipe below).

Bacon Waffles

Mix waffles according to package directions. Add 4-5 strips cooked bacon, roughly chopped. Place 1/3 c.batter into a preheated nonstick waffle iron. Cookuntil golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.Hold the finished waffles in a warm oven until readyto serve .

Serve the chicken on top of the waffles, with maple
syrup and hot sauce on the side.




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