Better Than Granny's, Maple Fried Chicken
55 mins (prep 30, cooking 25)
15 ingredients
12 servings
Chicken was on sale this week $.29 / pound for leg quarters. After I did the butchers job, separating legs from thighs, cut off the backs and tails, removed all the extra fat, I still had a little over $3.00 in 12 legs and 12 thighs. I bought so much 'cause it's Sunday and I'm cookin' for the week. I've been hankerin' for Fried Chicken so I figured I'd have another shot at it. I had some fried chicken tenders at the Super Bowl party at my local watering hole that were great and REAL moist. When I asked Charlie (head chef) how he did it, he told me that he always brines chicken prior to frying it. 6 months later I'm trying it. I looked all over my favorite web sites for different brines and found that the common denominators were; water, salt, vinegar, sweet, and spices. Lookin' around the galley for available stuff, I came up with this recipe. I took half the chicken and made it according to my Fried Chicken recipe, letting it soak in buttermilk with a little chipotle tabasco in it for a little bite. Then, I created the other marinade (recipe shown below), which is really a brine. Let both soak in the refrigerator for about 8 hours. Cooking the buttermilk batch, the smell was of normal fried chicken. The brined version smelled of the vinegar and I was concerned that the vinegar might give it an off flavor. Boy, was I wrong. Now, don't get me wrong, the buttermilk chicken was good, but, the brined chicken was GREAT. The smell of the vinegar while cooking must have been the vinegar cooking out. This brined version was more moist with a better sense of the flavors that were in the brine, especially the maple syrup. And, the Cajun Spice flavors of the Butt Kickin' Blacken really come through. Now you could say that it was just me talking about something that I made, but I had a buddy over tonight. A Southern buddy. Even he liked my version better than the buttermilk, even though the buttermilk version tasted just like his Granny used to make. So I guess it's a keeper and I figured I'd write it down before I forgot what I did. I can't even think of anything that I'd do different. Butt Kickin' Blacken contains neither slat nor sugar, and can be purchased at

Categories:  <-60-mins , chicken , north-american , poultry , main-dish , meat , low-carb , low-in... , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (101.28 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 453.96 Calories from Fat 361.35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40.15g 741.21%
Saturated Fat 3.05g 183.08%
Trans Fat 1.02g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 1446.26mg 723.13%
Total Carbohydrate 22.41g 89.65%
Dietary Fiber 2.08 g 99.61%
Sugars 3.84 g %
Protein 2.94g 70.55%
Vitamin A 1844.04IU% Vitamin C 0.1mg%
Calcium 21.39mg% Iron 1.91mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
chipotle pepper, sauce, chicken thighs, chicken legs