We have been craving fried chicken. I told the kids I was going to start working on a recipe, and they all lined up to be taste testers. I tried about six different ways to make fried chicken. This is the best Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken and nobody will ever know this is gluten free. I guarantee it.
First, I tried to use all purpose gluten free flour, but the recipe just did not work very well. The coating was inconsistent and it does not hold up to the hot oil well.
After that, I tried gluten free panko crumbs and they just fell right off the chicken.
Then I tried to use just rice flour and it tasted fabulous but looked awful. I had to cook it half in the oil and then bake it to cook it all the way, that left the coating soggy and it dried out the chicken.
After the rice flour, I tried the 3-2-1 combo and it worked, but I wanted more crunch.
Justin reminded me of a place he went to that served delicious fried chicken and they used Matzo for their breading. So I set to work and I have to say, he was right.
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Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken
12-24 minutes per piece
2 hours to overnight
Let the chicken get to room temperature before frying. Pulling it straight from the fridge will cool the oil off when you add it to the fryer.
Mix the bottle of ranch dressing and buttermilk in a large bowl, add chicken. Let soak at least 2 hours or overnight.
Add the oil to the deep fryer and preheat the fryer to 325º.
If using a dutch oven or cast iron skillet, heat the oil to 325º You need at least 4 inches of oil in the dutch oven to fry the chicken properly. Use a candy thermometer to test the temperature of the oil.
Place a wire rack inside of a baking sheet, set aside.
For the flour mix, combine all the dry ingredients except the matzo in a large mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup flour mix to a large zip-top plastic bag add 1/2 cup matzo meal to the bag. Zip closed and shake until the matzo is well incorporated -
(I add the matzo separately to the plastic bag instead of adding it to the flour, so that if there is any flour mix leftover, I can store it for a later use.)
One at a time, take the chicken out of buttermilk and place in the zip-top bag. Shake to coat the chicken, press the coating into the chicken and place on a plate. Add more flour and matzo to the zip-top bag as needed. It is 1 part flour mix to 1/2 part matzo.
If using a deep fryer, fry about 2 pieces of chicken at a time. You do not want to crowd the chicken in the fryer.
Cook for 12 minutes. The internal temperature needs to be 175º Using a meat thermometer, test the chicken to be sure it is done.
If using a dutch oven or skillet, you can do about 3-4 pieces at a time so long as the chicken is not touching. To keep the chicken from sticking you may have to hold the chicken with tongs for one minute until it seals
Cook 10-12 minutes per side. The internal temperature needs to be 175º Using a meat thermometer, test the chicken to be sure it is done.
When chicken pieces are done place them on the wire rack. Paper towels will soak up all the oil and dry out the chicken and the coating may stick to the paper towels.
Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before serving.
This Buttermilk Ranch Fried Chicken is gluten free.