Thursday, May 14

Taste of Sunshine, French Fried Chicken.

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May 14, 2020

Taste of Sunshine, French Fried Chicken.

Oh, delicious fried chicken! Comfort food at its finest...


This French Fried Chicken recipe blends crunchy, tender fried chicken and a seasonal herb salad with the sparkling bite of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne.


Try it at home and bring a special flavour and texture to your traditional fried chicken recipe!


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  • - Free-range boned chicken legs
  • - Flour
  • - Vinegar
  • - Salt & Pepper
  • - Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label champagne
  • Extra fresh salad ingredients:
  • - Mixed radishes, fennel, mini beets, mini cucumbers, salad leaves
  • - Fresh herbs
  • - Salt, pepper and olive oil




1. Season the chicken legs, then dip them in champagne. If you have more time, you can leave them to chill overnight in a bowl of fermented milk and a glass of champagne.


2. Coat each leg in flour seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon zest, pressing with your fingers so that the flour is absorbed by the skin. Leave to dry for 30 mins to allow a crust to form, sprinkling with more flour if necessary.


3. Heat a generous amount of sunflower oil in a heavy-bottomed pan. Once ready, fry one or two legs each time – the less meat in the pan, the higher the temperature and the crunchier the coating.


4. Cook without touching for 4 mins, then turn. The meat should be golden and cooked through after 7 mins. Leave to cool on a wire rack.


5. Serve with a raw salad of finely chopped red, white and black radishes, green fennel, mini beets and cucumbers on freshly picked leaves, seasoned with fresh herbs – try mint, purple asil, parsley and cilantro – seasoned with Maldon sea salt, good olive oil, champagne vinegar and freshly cracked black pepper. Mix with your hands.


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Recipe by @alixlacloche - Veuveclicquot