Fried Chicken Biscuits

Hot sauce and honey join forces to give these classic chicken biscuits a kick of sweet heat.

Fried Chicken Biscuits
Yields: 8 Servings
  • 2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved crosswise (about 2 pounds)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1½ tablespoons hot sauce*
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • Canola or peanut oil, for frying
  • Buttermilk Biscuits, adding 1 teaspoon ground black pepper to dough
  • Garnish: fresh rosemary
  1. In a shallow dish, stir together buttermilk, 4 teaspoons salt, and pepper. Add chicken, tossing to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring honey, hot sauce, red pepper, and rosemary to a simmer over medium-low heat. Reduce heat to low; cook for 1 hour. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids. Cover and let stand at room temperature until ready to use.
  3. In another shallow dish, combine flour, paprika, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Remove chicken from dish, discarding marinade. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Place chicken on a plate; let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. In a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 2 inches, and heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°.
  5. Working in batches, fry chicken until deep golden brown and crispy and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer chicken to a wire rack to drain.
  6. Cut Buttermilk Biscuits in half. Place chicken halves on bottom half of biscuits, and top with spicy honey. Cover with biscuit tops. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.
*We used Tabasco Hot Sauce.

For flaky biscuits, make dough for Buttermilk Biscuits, and pat to 1-inch thickness. Cut dough in half; stack halves, and roll to 1-inch thickness. Repeat procedure 2 more times. Cut dough into 8 squares, and bake as directed.



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