I think I enjoy the cooking more than eating, there is nothing better than to watch the smile grow after someone’s first bite. Note from Steve: I am a flow of thought writer and apologize up front if I lose you. My family is used to it.
My brother told me the other day that he gave into an urge and went to KFC. He said it was good, I still won’t go back I know it won’t hit the taste buds like my mind remembers. Once on our yearly trip to visit our sister in MN while looking for something to eat we found The coop restaurant if I remember correctly it was a small 2 or 3 tables on the corner restaurant that said they had the best fried chicken. We were very excited as was my sister. We got there went in and strolled up the the counter and ordered, the first thing they asked us was did you call the order in? Thought at was odd but they took our order and we sat down. Susan who was the most excited about the chicken ordered a burger. Soon our food came and a line started to form. We didn’t think anything of it but by the time we were done eating and heading out the line at the counter was out the front door and around the corner. We understood why it was great chicken, pressure cook then fried up juicy and delicious.
Anyway Lyn was fasting so I grabbed some boneless chicken thighs and the Air fryer.
I put flour in one bowl, beat an egg with some hot sauce in another, then gluten free panko bread crumbs in the last, you can make this all gluten free on not at all.
After dredging the chicken in flour
Coat with egg
Then into the breadcrumbs.
I had preheated the air fryer to 400 and before putting chicken in I did quick spray of oil placed the chicken in and then another quick spray.
Set the temp to 400 and 10 minutes.
Turned the chicken over 1/2 through and check with instant thermometer it was done 162 degree let sit the temp would rise to 165ish
Pressure Cook the Chicken Thighs: Add onion, garlic, and rosemary to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Pour in 1 cup of cold running water and place a steamer basket into the pressure cooker. Place chicken thighs in the basket. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 6 minutes (small thighs) to 9 minutes (large thighs). Turn off the heat and Full Natural Release (roughly 10 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
Prepare the Crispy Breading: While the chicken thighs are pressure cooking, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 – 1½ cup of panko breadcrumbs to the skillet. Toast the breadcrumbs until golden brown. Taste and add a small amount of kosher salt for seasoning.
Check with a food thermometer to ensure the chicken thighs have reached an internal temperature of at least 165°F on the thickest part without touching the bone. Remove the chicken thighs from the pressure cooker.
Meanwhile preheat oven: Preheat Air Fryer to 400°F while the pressure cooker is natural releasing. I suppose if you have one of the new ones or and adapter for the instant pot you will have to wait. I have found that preheating the air fryer helps with the crispiness of whatever I’m cooking.
Pat dry the chicken thighs with paper towel. Lightly season with salt and ground black pepper.
Lightly coat the chicken thighs with flour, dip them into the beaten eggs, and cover them with toasted buttery breadcrumbs. Very light spray of cooking oil on tray then place the chicken thighs in the Air Fryer quick another quick spray. I mean quick does not need much, and for roughly 5 to 10 minutes until the toasted breadcrumbs stick onto the chicken.
Note: I suppose you could make a gravy from the drippings in the instant pot but I prefer my fried chicken naked so to speak.
Now enjoy. This was gluten free from my wife, but I can’t wait to try with a traditional southern fried chicken coating anyone have suggestions.
Tried another batch this time I marinaded the thighs in buttermilk overnight and used italian breadcrumbs. Getting there but not quite up to southern fried chicken