Cook The Book: Ad Hoc's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Nutrition per serving    (USDA % daily values)
CAL
2081
FAT
245%
CHOL
177%
SOD
3938%

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Ingredients for 4 servings

Two 2 1/2- to 3-pound chickens

Chicken Brine, cold (recipe follows)

For Dredging and Frying:

Peanut or canola oil for deep-frying

1 quart buttermilk

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Coating:

6 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup garlic powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon paprika

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Ground fleur de sel or fine sea salt

Rosemary and thyme sprigs for garnish

5 lemons, halved

12 bay leaves

1 bunch (4 ounces) flat-leaf parsley

1 bunch (1 ounce) thyme

1/2 cup clover honey

1 head garlic, halved through the equator

1/4 cup black peppercorns

2 cups (10 ounces) Diamond Crystal kosher salt

2 gallons water

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