In New Orleans, a place where frying is a fetish, Jacques-Imo's can't be beatalthough only locals seem to know about it. A few doors down from the city's coolest music venue, the Maple Leaf, this three-year-old restaurant is packed every night, but no one minds the squeeze. Credit the crispy, tender fried chicken, which comes with juicy bits of dill pickle on top that add a fabulous kick to each bite.
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1 1/2 cups peanut oil, for frying
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 cup water
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
One 3- to 3 1/2-pound chickenrinsed, patted dry and cut into 8 pieces
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
How to Make It
In a large, heavy skillet, heat the oil to 350°. In a bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, water and egg and season generously with salt and white pepper.
Season the chicken with salt and white pepper and dip each piece in the milk mixture and then in the flour. Add the chicken to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, turning often, until golden and cooked through, about 25 minutes; lower the heat so that the chicken doesn't brown too quickly. Transfer the chicken to a rack to drain, then arrange the pieces on a platter, sprinkle with the pickles and parsley and serve.
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