For the anniversary dinner that I made for my mother I purchased an electric fryer to make her the homemade French fries she asked for. I have made homemade French fries numerous times on the stove, but NOT since purchasing my new flat top stove. This is what prompted the purchase of the fryer. Because of that purchase I was prompted to make Battered Chicken for my family.
The fries were the only thing I had made with the fryer since buying it. I’m not a fan of fried foods because of the health aspect, so I have spent years un-frying everything! Maybe I should say oven frying. The other evening when pondering what to make with the chicken breasts I had pulled out of the freezer that morning, I saw the recently purchased and still homeless fryer sitting on the counter. I pulled the Family Cookbook out of the cabinet and started looking for the batter recipe.
My dad came up with “The Batter” recipe when I was a child. He used it for fish, shrimp, and chicken! It was a big hit with my family growing up. I wondered if my husband and children would love it just as much as we did or if I would still love it.
I heated up the fryer, prepped the chicken, and battered away. Almost immediately I had inquisitive people in the kitchen (and an inquisitive Chihuahua). “What are you making?” “ Are we having donuts for dinner?” “Did you make French fries?” I explained that I was making battered chicken. Then I explained that I could not make French fries and chicken nuggets at the same time, or probably not even in the same meal because of the size of the fryer and the constraints on keeping the fried food fresh and warm.
When the moment of truth arrived I was a bit concerned because of the looks on the faces of my family. The girls LOVED it. Cautious about The Hubs reaction, I waited. He smiled, and then asked if there were more. He had only taken a couple in case he didn’t like them.
Another success! I was so excited that my family was as happy with this batter as when it was first created and brought to the table.
If you are in to fried foods, or really want to try something easy and new (or not), I recommend this morsel!
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg (beaten)
- Lemon-Lime Soda (Sprite or 7-Up)
Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Stir in beaten egg.
Add lemon-lime soda to provide the proper fritter consistency.
In case you do not know the proper consistency you do not want this thick like dough. However, it is easier to add more liquid than to take it away once you have put in too much.