Saturday, July 7, 2012

Norah Jone's Fried Chicken

Crazy Cooking Challenge #11: Fried Chicken

I was on the search for a fried chicken recipe but did not know where to start my search. So I sat down last Sunday to read the Chicago Tribune and clip coupons. Well to my surprise in the Parade magazine section I came across a fried chicken recipe!!! Norah Jones wrote the article about her fried chicken recipe that she has spent years perfecting.

So Friday for lunch, I headed down to my dad's outdoor cooking station to fry my chicken. The oil could have possibly fried the chicken with out any additional heat because in the Illinois we are experiencing record breaking heat (104 degrees). This was my first time frying chicken so I called on my mom to help. The first batch was kind of burnt and not cooked thoroughly. The next 3 batches turned out really good! The fried onion rings we quite tasty to snack on while the chicken was cooking.

Fried Chicken and Onions by Norah Jones


1. In a large bowl, combine chicken, onion, buttermilk, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp cayenne, hot sauce, and salt to taste.

2. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes.

3. In a paper grocery bag, combine flour, black pepper, and a dash each of onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt.

4. In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high until very hot. It should be deep enough to cover chicken halfway.

5. Drain chicken and onion rings. Shake them in grocery bag until coated with flour mixture.

6. Transfer chicken and onion rings to skillet. Be careful not to overcrowd.

7. Fry, turning occasionally, for 10 to 14 minutes per side or until golden brown and fully cooked. Remove onion rings earlier to avoid overbrowning.

8. Drain chicken and onion rings on a wire rack. Sprinkle with parsley.

Norah's Tips:
  • Put music on while you cook. "I always listen to Neil Young when I’m making food."
  • "Be sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby when frying!"
  • "Onion rings cook faster than chicken and burn easily, so watch them carefully."
  • "Set out honey and ranch dressing or hot sauce, and serve with corn bread."



  1. Your chicken and onions look fabu, just delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry Copycat "KFC" Original Recipe Fried Chicken

    Cook Lisa Cook

    1. I just visited your recipe and it looks amazing!! It was neat to see that you soaked yours in a brine solution instead of buttermilk. For sure trying this at some point.

  2. I'm jealous of that outdoor cooking area! And this chicken looks fabulous!


    1. I wish the outdoor cooking area belonged to me but at least I can use it until my dad sells the house :) The outdoor area will come in handy the next few weeks as I atempt a few of the fried chicken recipes seen here.

  3. No fair that Norah Jones is beautiful, can sing, AND is an amazing cook! Great choice on the chicken.


    1. It would have been even better to listen to her latest album while frying up her chicken and onions :)

  4. Love the tips from Norah Jones, especially the one about the fire extinguisher! Your onion rings look as yummy as your chicken!

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments!

  5. Oh I just adore Norah! What a fantastic idea of doing the onion rings and the chicken together. Kills two birds with one stone. ;)


  6. Great SRC pick!

    I'm CCC #10 :)