Peanut Butter Marinated Spiced Fried Chicken 2012


Peanut Butter Marinated Spiced Fried Chicken 2012In the comfort food universe, the worlds of peanut butter and fried chicken have collided in this recipe. The Bee’s Knees peanut butter—with a tinge of honeyed sweetness—brings a bit of sass to this spiced fried chicken in the form of a delicious, rich marinade. The resulting chicken is incredibly tender, spiced and a little nutty.

Prep time: 2 hours and 10 minutes (includes 2 hours marinating time)
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
½ cup The Bee’s Knees peanut butter
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups all-purpose flour
Honey for serving, optional


1. Cut chicken breasts in half, making a total of 10 chicken pieces. In a shallow dish, whisk together buttermilk, egg, peanut butter, cinnamon, allspice and cayenne; season generously with salt and pepper. Toss chicken in marinade; cover with plastic and refrigerate at least 2 hours, tossing twice.

2. Add oil to a heavy-bottomed pot to reach 2 inches; heat oil over medium to reach 350°F. Remove chicken from marinade, allowing excess to drip off; dredge chicken in flour.

3. Carefully add chicken to hot oil; fry until golden brown and chicken is cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes per batch.

4. Transfer chicken to paper towels to drain; season with salt. Serve with honey, if desired.