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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
I think most of us would agree that fried chicken is the top global comfort food. It does not matter where you are from, some good fried chicken is always welcomed. It is no different in Jamaica. Fried chicken is possibly had more than our national dish, as a matter of fact I am certain that it is.
Depending on where you are from, how you make your fry chicken may differ drastically from other places. For some people it is all about the coating or batter for the chicken while for others its about the seasoning.
So what makes fried chicken great, is it the batter/coating or is it the seasoning? I bet many of you will say its all about the batter, the right batter will make it crispy just the way you like it and it's the crispiness that determines how good fried chicken is, am I right?
However, if you pose that question to any Jamaican, I guarantee you that the response will unanimously say that it is all about the seasonings. There is not one dish that can be considered Jamaican if it is not properly, and dare i say, heavily seasoned. When Jamaicans are making fried chicken it is typically seasoned in two ways or a combination of both methods.
Blending fresh herbs and spices to make a thick marinade and leave to marinate overnight or for a few hours.
Using multiple “powdered seasonings”, this is typically for when there isn’t enough time to marinate the chicken for long hours, two of the most common seasonings used are Maggi and EasiSpice.
A combination of blended or grated herbs and spice plus powdered seasonings.
So you may ask, what about the batter/ coating? Don’t fear, that is important as well. It is however not as emphasized. Unless it's for a special occasion, you won’t find Jamaicans making batters for their fried chicken, as a matter of fact, most don’t even go through the process of flouring, egg washing then bread crumbing their chicken.
I remember as a child my Mommy would chastise me for “wasting” her eggs to fry chicken and I’m pretty sure its a no-no in most Jamaican households where finances are tight and eggs are typically reserved for a quick breakfast on school mornings.
So while we don’t go through the typical battering process, we add a hefty amount of powdered seasoning to a generous amount of flour, either in a bowl or plastic bag, add the chicken then, give it a vigorous shake. And that's it! Your chicken is ready for frying. So, here is a quick and easy recipe for homemade Jamaican Fried Chicken that you absolutely must try.
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