Diner Inspired Indoor Picnic

Violet and James came over a Crafternoon/Indoor picnic/Trashy TV day last week. I decided to make them a diner inspired meal, especially since I'd always told them about my penguin shaped waffle maker. I made Oven Fried Chicken (because actual frying with oil scares me), an Apple Coleslaw from scratch and Penguin Shaped Waffles (with mandatory Maple Syrup). Also, Violet and James brought over yummy Chatime Bubble Tea. Love!

I've had a lot of people on Instagram fall in love with the waffle maker and before you fall in love with it too, I have to tell you it's by Sunbeam and I think they no longer make it, which is a shame because the penguins have a bowl-like belly for sauces and/or ice cream.

As someone that loves fried chicken, I had always wanted to try an Oven Fried Chicken recipe that would make a great alternative and I can't believe I found it on the first try.

 Oven Fried Chicken Adapted from Southernfood:

8 pieces of chicken (I went with 4 drumsticks and 4 wings but it's up to you) 1/2 cup all purpose flour 2 tsp salt  1/2 tsp ground black pepper  2 tsp paprika  1 tsp curry powder (I used Japanese curry powder) 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or poultry seasoning) 1/4 cup butter

Steps:

1. Take a big plastic ziplock bag and place the flour, salt, black pepper, paprika, curry powder and seasoning inside and mix. 2. Place chicken in the bag (dab the chicken with paper towels to ensure that they're dry) and coat the chicken in the mix. 3.  You can leave it to season overnight (preferred) or mix it just before cooking. 4. Preheat oven to 230°C. 5. Line a pan with foil and place the butter around the pan. 6. Place in the oven to allow the butter to melt, once melted, put the chicken in. 7. Let it bake uncovered for 30mins. Turn the chicken over and bake for a further 15-20 mins.

I was literally glued to the oven door after 30mins and muttering 'it's crispy, it looks crispy' to myself. I could not believe it cooked so well and was actually so well received.

If you're looking for a oven fried alternative to oil fried chicken, this is it. Enjoy! I know I'm definitely making this more often.

Oh yes, what did we make for crafternoon? that's coming up soon-ish...