Chefs' Recipes

Dan Pepperell’s fried chicken alla diavola

Chicken wings, Italian style.
Fried chicken alla diavola

Dan Pepperell's fried chicken alla diavola

Chris Court
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1H
40M
1H 40M

“I like to think that if there was an Italian family living in Tennessee watching the Super Bowl on TV right now, this is what they’d be eating,” says Dan Pepperell. Begin this recipe three to five days ahead to make the giardiniera, ferment the chillies and marinate the chicken.

Ingredients

Giardiniera
Diavola sauce

Method

Main

1.For giardiniera, heat a char-grill pan over high heat and grill jalapeño, turning occasionally, until charred (10-12 minutes). Halve lengthways and place in a 1-litre sterilised jar with remaining vegetables. Bring vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic, spices and 250ml water to the boil in a saucepan, then pour over vegetables, seal, cool to room temperature and refrigerate for 3-5 days to pickle.
2.For diavola sauce, combine chilli, sugar and ½ tsp sea salt flakes in a snap-lock bag, seal, squeezing out the air, and leave in a draught-free place for 3-5 days to ferment. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and sauté until light golden (3-5 minutes). Stir in fermented chilli and cook until liquid evaporates and chilli starts to fry (3-4 minutes), then add butter and 150ml water, and bring to the boil. Add fish sauce, remove from heat, then process in a blender until smooth. Add xanthan gum and blend to emulsify. Keep sauce warm.
3.Cut chicken Marylands into drumsticks and thighs, then place in a plastic container with chicken wings and buttermilk, and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
4.Bring chicken to room temperature and heat oil in a deep-fryer to 160C. Place flour in a bowl and season to taste. Remove chicken from buttermilk, coat well in flour, shaking off excess, then deep-fry in batches until golden-brown and cooked through (7-7½ minutes; be careful hot oil may spit). Place chicken in a bowl, pour diavola sauce over, toss to coat and serve scattered with giardiniera and shichimi togarashi.

Note Shichimi togarashi, a Japanese spice blend, is available from Japanese grocers and select Asian supermarkets. Xanthan gum is available from health-food shops; you can leave it out, but it creates a thick sauce that coats the chicken well.

Drink Suggestion: “2013 Monastero Suore Cistercensi Coenobium ‘Ruscum’ from Lazio, an orange wine made by nuns,” says sommelier Matt Young of 10 William St.

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