N-E-double K-by God-I-D. Hot chicken skin.

Hard to resist the Lewis Grizzard quote. It’s a UGA thing, y’all might not understand. We’ve cooked a LOT of chicken this summer. We’ve talked a bit about how chicken is a cooling meat, and I think there’s some validity to that. But I don’t know anyone that doesn’t own a restaurant that buys chickens from the same place, so they’re going to be different, every time you get them. Big, fat, small, lean, bosomy…

Seinfeld: The Doorman circa 1995

GEORGE: Was she uh, was she a big, uh woman?

ESTELLE: Big? No, just my height.

GEORGE: Bosomy?

ESTELLE: Bosomy? You wanna know if your grandmother was bosomy?!

What’s the perfect roasted chicken? The fat renders out completely, there’s no blood, meat is moist and juicy with even seasoning… The quality of product would make a big difference, but I’m not going to spout the benefit of Hallal chicken or pasture-raised. I think those are great products you should take advantage of if you have access. But I think you should consider a cooking technique that’s a little decadent but shouldn’t be that much of stretch. Roasted chicken skin. And because I’m in Nashville, we’re doing hot chicken skin.


Take these lovely, bargain chicken quarters. The temperature indicates they were done while the skin is still flabby. So I let them rest for about 15 minutes, and peeled the skin off. To their bare nekkidness if you will. In a sheet pan, I laid the skins down and doused with hot sauce.

Shoot them in the oven at 325 until they look crispy, and drain on paper towels.

Seriously good eats, taste like spicy bacon. When your roast chicken isn’t fresh crispy bird like you wish is was, cook the skin separate. It’s done it’s job.
Channel your inner Paula Deen: “Y’all, Y’ALL, I cain’t tell y’awwwwll how GOOOOOOOOD this izzzzzzzzzzzz. Mmmmmmmmmm, MMMMMMMMMMMM!” Laawwwwwd have mercy.

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