You can’t go wrong with fried chicken with mustard. I make it all the time. It’s great for a family dinner or to throw on the BBQ for summer parties. There’s not much that can go wrong, but my tips and tricks will help you to make it even better!
Fried Chicken and Mustard. What a combination. It is simply amazing, isn’t it? And if you have never tasting fried chicken with mustard on it? Well, then you are missing out on something really special.
Mustard Fried Chicken
Chicken wings are seasoned with a delicate mixture of spices, then coated in mustard and floured before being fried until crisp. If you don’t have a deep-fryer, you may use a heavy skillet, but for crispier chicken, I would prefer a deep-fryer. This chicken is SO good!
Original recipe yields 10 servingsIngredient Checklist
- 5 pounds chicken wings, separated at joints, tips discarded
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon monosodium glutamate (MSG, or Accent flavor enhancer) (Optional)
- 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 quart oil for frying, or as needed
- Step 1Season the chicken wings on both sides by sprinkling with seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and MSG. I like to lay it all out on a big plastic bag for easier clean up. Coat each piece with a thin layer of mustard. You may use a basting brush or your fingers. Put the flour into a plastic bag, add the chicken, and shake to coat.
- Step 2Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for 6 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Drain on paper towels, and cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Best Mustard Fried Chicken Recipe
Frying may not be the healthiest way to cook chicken, but it’s certainly one of the most delicious. There’s just something about a tender, juicy piece of chicken with a crunchy coating. Fried chicken is absolutely amazing when it’s freshly cooked, but the best way to get the freshest chicken possible is when you’re frying it yourself.
As you’ll know if you’ve ever deep-fried your own chicken — or anything at all, for that matter — you need to dust the chicken (or other unidentified frying object) with a light coating of flour before you can get the coating to adhere. Recipe developer Kate Shungu from Gift of Hospitality notes, though, “The flour doesn’t stick well to the chicken alone,” so she got the idea of using mustard to help the flour stay in place. She also explains, “The mustard is a great way to add another layer of flavor to the finished dish.”
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Gather the ingredients for mustard fried chicken
In order to get a mix of light and dark meat, you’ll be making this fried chicken from a whole chicken, cut into pieces. If you only like one type or the other, though, you could substitute an equal amount of bone-in, skin-on breasts, thighs, and/or drumsticks.
The other ingredients you’ll need include: buttermilk, vegetable oil, flour, and spices (paprika, cayenne, seasoned salt, onion powder, and garlic powder). Oh yes, and some mustard, of course. Shungu used plain yellow mustard, the kind usually served with hot dogs. If you want a slightly different flavor to your chicken, you could always use Dijon mustard, brown mustard, or spicy mustard in its place.
Marinate the chicken in buttermilk
Although the chicken doesn’t require a lot of prep work, unless for some reason you choose to buy a whole chicken that you have to cut up yourself, you will need to start prepping it several hours in advance of whenever you plan to eat it. The reason for this is it needs to marinate in buttermilk for several hours before you fry it. “Marinating the chicken in buttermilk helps keep the chicken moist. It also seasons the inside of the chicken, thanks to the salt, and the spices add more flavor,” says Shungu.
The spices she’s speaking of here are the paprika and the cayenne. Combine these, along with a tablespoon of salt, with the buttermilk in a large bowl, then dunk the chicken. Cover the bowl, and stick it in the fridge for at least four hours or up to 12 hours if you’ll be marinating it overnight.
Baste the chicken with mustard before coating
Once the chicken has been in the buttermilk for a sufficient amount of time, take it out and pat it dry with a paper towel. Now, use a basting brush to rub a thin coating of mustard over each piece of chicken. Mix the flour with the seasoned salt, garlic, and onion in a gallon-sized Ziploc-type bag. Add the chicken to the bag a few pieces at a time, and shake, shake, shake until the chicken is coated. Repeat this step until you’ve shaken up all the chicken.
Fry the chicken until it’s crispy and golden
Heat the oil in a large pot, Dutch oven, or fryer to 375 F. When the oil is hot enough, carefully lower a few pieces of chicken into the oil. Cover the pot, and fry the chicken for eight to 10 minutes until it is golden brown. Turn the pieces over, and cook for another six to eight minutes, using a meat thermometer to check to see when they are done. Breasts and wings will need to reach 160 F, while thighs and drumsticks must hit 175 F.
Shungu says in order to make sure the chicken cooks evenly, “Make sure that the oil stays at or around 375 F. ” She explains, “If it’s hotter, the outside of the chicken will burn before the inside is done. If it’s cooler, the chicken won’t get as crispy.” She notes that the wings will finish first, followed by drumsticks, then thighs, then breasts.
This chicken is delicious hot or cold
If you’ll be serving this mustard fried chicken for dinner, Shungu says, “I love serving fried chicken with buttered biscuits drizzled with honey.” If you’re making it in advance, she says it will keep in a covered container in the fridge for up to five days.
If you want to reheat it, Shungu says to bake it on a sheet pan in a preheated oven at 400 F to warm it up. As she notes, “It will take about 25 minutes for the chicken breasts, and 15 to 20 minutes for the other pieces.” Of course, if you don’t want to wait, you can always just eat it cold, since cold fried chicken is pretty amazing, too. This is such a great crowdpleaser, and you are sure to want to make this recipe time and time again!
Best Mustard Fried Chicken Recipe
5 from 24 ratings
Fried chicken is absolutely amazing when it’s freshly cooked, but the best way to get the freshest chicken possible is when you’re frying it yourself.
TOTAL TIME: 24 MINUTES
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon salt
1 (3 to 3 ½-pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
3 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups vegetable oil
Whisk together the buttermilk, paprika, cayenne, and salt in a large bowl.
Add the chicken pieces to the bowl, mixing to coat them with the marinade.
Cover the bowl, and let the chicken sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Remove the chicken pieces from the buttermilk, and pat dry with paper towels.
Use a basting brush to coat the chicken pieces with a thin layer of yellow mustard.
Mix the flour, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in a gallon-size resealable bag, shaking to combine.
Add 2 pieces of the chicken at a time to the bag, and shake to coat. Repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.
Heat the oil to 375 F in a large pot, Dutch oven, or fryer.
Carefully lower the chicken a few pieces at a time into the hot oil.
Cover, and fry the chicken until deep golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Turn the pieces over, and cook for an additional 6 to 8 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 F for wings and breasts and 175 F for drumsticks and thighs.
Let the chicken cool slightly before serving.
CRISPY MUSTARD FRIED CHICKEN THIGHS
I love chicken. I mean, I really love chicken. So much that I could eat it just about everyday of the week. When I made a visit to one of my close friends who happens to live in the South. She said dinner would be chicken. Crispy mustard fried chicken thighs to be exact. My mouth instantly watered. I’ve never had mustard on anything other than a hot dog. I was definitely in for a treat. Not only do I love mustard on chicken, it’s also great on fish!
To make this delicious crispy mustard fried chicken thighs recipe we are going to start with fresh, clean chicken thighs. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with mustard, hot sauce, season salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and dried parsley. If you don’t have dried parsley handy, dried sage is another great herb that taste amazing with chicken. I prefer parsley for this recipe. Marinate this mixture for an hour, or overnight if you want added flavor.
Heat oil in a deep fryer. Not everyone owns a deep fryer, and that’s okay. A deep heavy skillet will do just fine. Season your flour using, garlic powder, onion powder, season salt, black pepper, and dried parsley. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour. Once oil reaches 350 degrees add the chicken, and cook for about 5 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Try not to bother the chicken while it is frying. An old friend told that the key to knowing when chicken is done, is when it stops talking to you. Meaning the oil will suddenly stops sizzling, but to be on the safe side let’s just fry the chicken until it’s a deep golden brown.