I haven't made Karen's No-Fry Fried Chicken in a while so I busted it out last night along with some Cumin & Lime Roasted Corn on the Cob. This would've probably been ten times better with Cotija (Queso Anejado) Cheese but I didn't have any and couldn't be bothered to go outside again.
I dropped the corn into some boiling water and cooked it for about 3.5 minutes. I kept them into a strainer and allowed them to dry for about an hour (probably not necessary). I then cranked up the broiler and in the meantime melted about 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, and added to it... a couple pinches of salt, a pinch or two of cumin, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Brush the cobs with a tiny bit of the butter mixture (reserve the rest) and broil the corn until nicely charred (turning to get even charring). Squeeze in about 1/2 lime into the butter mixture and mix. Drizzle remaining butter/lime mixture over grilled corn. Yum.
No Fry Fried Chicken:
I've changed a couple of things on the original recipe.
I allow the drumsticks to sit in some buttermilk for a couple of hours
Panko breading gives it a crunchier crust - mix about 2 cups of Panko with 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese (you can use the pre-grated stuff, but Karen thinks you get a better browning if you use freshly grounded) - I haven't tried the pre-grated stuff, so I'm not sure. Add whatever dry spices you have - I added about a teaspoon and a half of salt, pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of dried parsley, oregano, thyme, pinch of garlic powder, and a pinch of paprika.
Probably not necessary since they've been sitting in buttermilk all afternoon (in the fridge), but I dipped the chicken in egg then coated it with the panko mixture. Really piling it on. I press the breading into the chicken with my palms to make sure I get an ice thick layer.
It's important to use a rack so the chicken can crisp up all around. Transfer into a preheated 400 F degree oven. Cook for about an hour, depending on how big your pieces are. I like to turn the pieces every 25 minutes, giving them a nice even tan.