" Blues Brothers, The" Blues Brothers Funky Chicken

Even servants of God have to eat from time to time. We bet that when Jake and Elwood get hungry, they tear into this tasty chicken. It's genuine soulfood!


  • 10 chicken thighs, boned
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 sprigs thyme, chopped
  • 1 tbl tabasco sauce
  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • canola oil, for frying
  • 1 large scoop soul (or soul substitute)


1. If the thighs aren't already boned, remove the thigh bone or cook them with the bone in. (Feel free to substitute white meat if desired, you can always pretend that it's dark.)

2. Mix the garlic, thyme, tabasco, buttermilk and ice cubes in a bowl.

3. Cover the chicken with the buttermilk mixture and set aside.

4. Mix the flour, corn meal, salt, pepper and paprika.

5. In a large, cast-iron skillet heat canola oil (about 1 1/2 inches deep) to 360 - F - 370 - F (you can check the temperature by dropping a small piece of bread in the hot oil; it should take just under half a minute to brown.)

6. Dredge each piece of chicken in the flour mixture, shake off excess flour, dip into the buttermilk again, then again into the flour. Repeat two more times until well-coated.

7. Lay the chicken in the hot oil without crowding or touching (frying too many pieces at one time will cause the oil to cool down and you'll end up with greasy chicken). Fry for about 10 minutes, turning until all sides are golden brown.

8. If frying more than one batch, keep the cooked chicken warm on a baking sheet in a 250 - F oven.

Fun tip: You can be the Godfather of Soul Food! After wowing your guests with one funky dish after another, drape your apron over your shoulders like a cape and have someone lead you dramatically out of the kitchen. (For added effect, mop your forehead while declaring, "I can't cook no mo.") Do this between each course until it's time to do the dishes, then disappearr completely. Whoa!

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