It’s National Fried Chicken Day! Here Is Thomas Keller’s Famous Recipe!


Now THIS is a day of celebration!

I’ve eaten chicken in so many ways: brined, grilled, baked and simmered in soup…but nothing beats a piece of “fried chicken” hot from the deep fryer and coated with a mix of tasty herbs and spices!

Thomas Keller’s Famous Fried Chicken!

Legendary Chef Thomas Keller, whose 3-Michelin Star restaurant The French Laundry celebrates its 25th anniversary today, has some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten.

Here’s what Food And Wine said:

“To make his juicy and incredibly crisp chicken, chef Thomas Keller soaks it in a lemony brine before frying. The chicken, which is served every other Monday at Ad Hoc, is one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. “Since Fried Chicken Night only happens twice a month,” Keller says, “people have a wonderful sense of anticipation.”

Now, let’s head to Keller’s restaurant Ad Hoc and dig in!

Welcome to Yountville, California and Ad Hoc Restaurant!

One of Chef Keller’s restaurants in Yountville is called Ad Hoc, which specializes in a single, family-style meal each day…

One day we were there, they served Keller’s famous fried chicken, served up with waffles!

Thomas Keller Ad Hoc Fried Chicken

Chef Keller Is “Hands On!”

And this isn’t an “absentee Chef” – the picture above is a shot I captured of Chef Keller walking from one of his restaurants to Ad Hoc. If you go to Yountville, the odds are you will see Chef – he is that “hands on”…

Ad Hoc Fried Chicken At Home!

Thanks to Williams Sonoma, you can make this perfect chicken at home, coated in a blend of spices and buttermilk after being brined for hours and hours…I’ve made it twice, and it turns out pretty close to the restaurant version…you make the brining liquid and then brine the chicken for hours – then you dip it in buttermilk, coat it in the spice recipe and cook it up…

The package of ingredients lays it all out for you, and the brining makes the chicken incredibly moist, while the “secret blend of herbs and spices” really does make this chicken pop!

I made a nice platter of chicken, and served it alongside garlic mashed potatoes and baked corn – what better way to celebrate “national fired chicken day!”

Of course, if you want to try something that celebrates chicken in a different way, how about “Grilled Pepsi Chicken Drumsticks?”

Yes, here is the recipe for an really terrific “Pepsi Chicken” mixture….check it out:

Enjoy “National Fried Chicken Day!”

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22 replies

  1. Now this is a day I can get behind! Yum!

  2. Yum! Really, I don’t need an excuse to eat fried chicken! That looks wonderful. There is a place that does good fried chicken and waffles in Annapolis; however our little, local grocery store does a great job with chicken (and we have a lot of options in Maryland, where Perdue and other chicken giants call home). Royal Farms (famous for their “gas station” fried chicken) recently moved in across the street from the small grocery store, but we’ll stick with what we know. That Pepsi Chicken sounds good, too. You wouldn’t think I just ate lunch!

  3. Last night I brined the chicken all day and then fried it up in Crisco. Yum!

  4. That chicken looks awesome, John and the sound of a lemony brine and buttermilk with spices and herbs I would even eat the waffles if I could have maple syrup with them…Looks yummy!

  5. I am also partial to fried chicken, John. this looks really good. 😋

  6. I’m with you there is something about fried chicken especially if a good mix of herbs/spices. I am hungry looking at it. The tender meat inside – Oh now I’m a mess for the rest of day.

  7. This sounds delicious!! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Fried chicken and waffles! An unusual combination!

  9. That restaurant menu looks great, John. For $34 I would be up for it!
    I cannot have fried chicken tonight, as I am going to a wedding reception. But I hear they are serving traditional fish and chips there, so that will have to do. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  10. I’m hungry now. Why not make fried chicken tonight for supper? Thanks, John.

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