Grandpa Joe's New England Hot Honey Chicken
Updated: Jul 23, 2020
This recipe pays homage to one of my favourite dishes Nashville Hot Chicken. Typically with Nashville Hot Chicken a seasoning blend of Paprika, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Cayenne, and fry oil are added to a spicy fried chicken. So with this recipe we are swapping the seasoning blend for our Grandpa Joe's Honey Chipotle rub.
1 Chicken broken down into individual pieces
1 quart of Buttermilk
A few dashes of your favorite vinegar hot sauce
1 Cup of All-purpose flour
1 Cup of Corn Starch
2 tsp Baking Powder
5 tsp of Black Pepper
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp of Poultry Seasoning
4 tsp Grandpa Joe's Honey Chipotle Rub
2-2½ cups of water
1/8 cup of honey for drizzling on finished chicken
Peanut or Vegetable oil for frying
Take chicken pieces and add to an empty container with buttermilk and dashes of hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate for 4hrs-Overnight
Next blend your flour, corn starch, baking powder, black pepper, salt, 1 tsp of paprika, poultry seasoning and slowly add cold water with a whisk. Keep adding till you get a very smooth pancake batter consistency. Let batter sit in refrigerator covered while your chicken brines.
Get oil hot till 360° hits on your thermo. Take chicken out and discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towel and dip in your wet batter. Allow extra batter to drip off and place in hot oil. Fry till white meat hits 160° internal and dark meat hits 165°. Once chicken is cooked place on drying rack and prep your exterior seasoning by taking your Grandpa Joe's Honey Chipotle seasoning, 1 tsp of Paprika and mixing it with a little fry oil. Keep adding oil till you get a thin enough red liquidy paste and use a brush to brush the outside of your fried chicken with seasoning oil. Once seasoning oil has adhered to your chicken you can now drizzle fresh local honey over top. For an extra kick we use a local Habanero infused Honey from Hill Top Apiaries.