Marcus Samuelsson: Fried Yardbird
Marcus Samuelsson demonstrates Red Rooster’s iconic fried chicken. Bone-in and brined in a mixture of buttermilk and coconut milk, seasoned with an Ethiopian spice blend.
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[NOISE] When you come to my restaurant in Harlem, one
of the most iconic dishes that you want to try
is the fried yard bird. Always cook it bone in.
It'll be much juicier. I put it in a brine,
water and salt, and let it sit And then we
put it in marinade that's really buttermilk and coconut milk.
The buttermilk acts as beautiful sourness and creaminess use your
favorite flour,s season with a little bit of salt, pepper,
I'm adding in berbere, which is an Ethiopian spice blend.
Yes, really nice dried chilis. Ginger, smoked paprika, garlic, but
come up with the spice blend that you like. It's
really about making something that's really delicious. You can go
back and forth.. [UNKNOWN] how to fry it. The best
way to fry it is in a cast iron skillet.
However, if we fry it at home, I would probably
Put in a larger pot. Texture is so important and
we start frying around 275, 300. Cuz it takes awhile
to cook through. lift it out increase the heat to
let's say, 360 and then we start frying for the
crispiness. We'll add a really beautiful cooked through crunchy fried
chicken. So we're also finishing off what we with our
shake, so the same spices that we do have in
the flour, we're also adding on, and we want to
put that on. You want to put that on Right
when it comes out fried chicken should be crunchy on
the outside and still moist and juicy on the inside.
Like any cook you want to do your own take,
your own spin on it. And that's what I want
you guys to do when you go home and fry
your own yardbird. [BLANK_AUDIO]