Even Lady Gaga needs some down-home Southern cooking every once in a while. Only, the pop star had to go to Chicago to get it.
On a recent tour stop in the Windy City, the pop star stopped into James Beard award winning chef Art Smith’s Table Fifty-Two eatery and ordered up his famous chicken and waffles dish.
1 3 lb. chicken, cut into 8 pieces
• ¼ cup of kosher salt
• 6 cups of water
Mix well. Place chicken in brine and soak overnight.
Buttermilk and Hot Sauce Bath
• 4 cups of buttermilk
• ¼ cup of Louisiana Hot Sauce or any hot sauce of choice
Drain brined chicken well and place in buttermilk and hot sauce
Let marinate overnight.
• 6 cups of self-rising flour, White Lily
• 4 tablespoons of garlic powder
• 4 tablespoons of onion powder
• 4 tablespoons of dried thyme
• 4 tablespoons of fresh ground pepper
Mix well reserve
• 8 whole eggs, beaten well
• 1 cup of ice water
In cast iron skillet, pour quarter of an inch of canola oil using a thermometer. Bring up to 350 degrees and keep the temperature constant. Drain the excess buttermilk and hot sauce off the chicken and place in egg bath. Coat each piece well, then shake off excess. Dip into seasoning, dredge and then shake off excess. Place in pre-heated oil and fry dark pieces first, skin side down for 8 minutes per side until the interior temperature of the meat is 180 degrees.
Place on racks and reserve in 250 degree oven until time to serve. Fry white meat for 8 minutes per side until golden or until internal temperature reads 165 degrees.
Serve with waffles – Lady Gaga style!