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Fried Chicken Thighs & Biscuits

- Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Annette Joseph
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Annette Joseph

Two Southern icons make the ultimate sandwich, generously topped with pickled green tomatoes and local Raleigh honey.

Hands-on time: 40 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

Fried Chicken Thighs

8 skinned and boned chicken thighs (about 2 1/4 lb.)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

Vegetable oil

2 cups all-purpose flour

Biscuits

2 cups bread flour

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter, cut into small cubes

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1 large egg

Parchment paper

Toppings

Chopped pickled green tomatoes, local honey

How to Make It

Prepare Chicken: Sprinkle chicken thighs with salt and next 2 ingredients. Whisk together 1 cup buttermilk and 1 egg in a large bowl; add chicken, tossing to coat.

Pour oil to depth of 1 inch into a large cast-iron skillet; heat to 325°. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Fry chicken, in 2 batches, 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and done. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels, and keep warm.

Prepare Biscuits: Combine bread flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Place cubed butter in a zip-top plastic freezer bag. Freeze flour mixture and butter separately 10 minutes or until well chilled. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups buttermilk and 1 egg in a small bowl.

Cut chilled butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Add buttermilk mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Preheat oven to 450°. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 3 to 4 times. Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness; cut into 8 squares, and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Bake at 450° for 15 to 16 minutes or until golden brown. Split biscuits; fill each with 1 cooked chicken thigh and desired toppings.

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