Each year the day before my birthday, my parents would ask me three questions.
- What did I want for dinner?
- Did I want my dad to make his famous carrot cake with no icing? (That is how good it was.)
- Did I want a store-bought cake? For the record having a store-bought cake from Safeway was no consolation 😊
While this seems like a loaded question for some, it was not for me. The combination of my parents cooking it and the certainty that it was going to be delicious was never a hard decision.
My moms’ offering was fried chicken, collard greens, rice and gravy and hot water cornbread.
My dads offering was fried oysters, and his famous French fries rolled in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.
Always a tough decision to make, but which ever choice I made I was not going to be disappointed because
I knew that I’d be in food heaven being able to dip the hot water corn bread in my gravy or eating oysters fried to perfection with fries that are till this day unmatched.
There are only a few things that I ever want to eat on my birthday.
Over the years I have had some amazing meals on my birthday. My husband introduced me to raw oysters, I have had some of New York City’s best Dim Sum, tacos, and rib-eye steaks. But these two meals prepared by my parents are special to me.
While I do not fry much food these days, every once and a while I will fry myself some oysters and sit and think about my dad. I still love the taste of fried chicken, but then who doesn’t?!
I have learned to oven fry my chicken and still taste amazing! Less oil, and a little longer cooking time. But best of all it still tastes like home.
I have shared a small piece of my childhood below with you, just a little healthier! Enjoy!
Oven Fried Chicken:
1 Chicken Cut Up (8 pieces)
Mc Cormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning (Low Sodium)
2 Eggs beaten
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Thumbnails height of cooking oil in metal shallow roasting pan
On sheet tray lay out chicken pieces and season generously. Place in sealed container and marinate at least six hours to overnight.
Heat oven to 425 F.
Pour oil in shallow pan and place in oven when temperature reaches 425 F. Heat oil in pan for 15-20 minutes.
Place chicken in large mixing bowl and add eggs. Mix with hands until all pieces are covered.
In a pie plate or large bowl add flour, dip each piece of chicken in flour and sit to the side on plate.
When oil is hot take-out pan and place chicken pieces skin side down.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and turn pieces over. Cook second side until golden brown, 15-20 minutes (165 F on a food thermometer)
When done place on wire tray and allow any access oil to drip off.