Okay, so I'm going to cheat a bit! My favorite recipe for fried chicken is not really a fried chicken recipe, but a honey glazed fried chicken recipe! One day after a particularly memorable meal just outside of Monticello , this recipe was born. Thomas Jefferson has been my muse since I was very young, and it delights me to pay him homage with this recipe. On my list of people I'd love to have dinner with, he's always been number one right after my husband and son. I'd definitely serve him this on a pewter plate with a huge frosty mug of something quite delightful and lots of beeswax candles!
Any divine fried chicken recipe will do for this sticky, yummy summer dish, all I've added to the mix is a bit of frosting! With this dish, everyone will think that you are amazing. No one needs to ever know just how very simple it really is!
For this meal I prefer to go get my chicken already fried at the local grocery store. Rotisserie chicken won't do, because you definitely want that crispy flavorful coating! Going to get the chicken is the hardest part! The rest of this recipe is even easier!
Take about a cup of good honey and gently warm it adding about a tablespoon of bourbon,a 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder (not onion salt) a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce to taste and a good knob (about a tablespoon) of butter.
Place the already fried chicken on a baking sheet, season it to taste with salt and pepper and gently drizzle the honey mixture over each piece. Reserve the rest for later on because you will want to add more as the chicken is baking. Turn your oven on to about 300 degrees and put the chicken in to begin to bake. Just watch it carefully, and when it begins to caramelize (about 30 minutes maximum) it will be done. Keep drizzling the sauce during baking, it keeps the chicken moist!
I love to serve this chicken with iced tea, lemonade and great beer, cornbread and a tossed salad that's a little heavier on the fresh tomatoes and spicy greens, tossed with your favorite Italian dressing and a bit of blue cheese.
Sweet potato fries are definitely a plus and fresh sweet corn that you've grilled and basted with the leftover honey sauce is even better!
Make sure that there's a hammock ready....you'll need it!