Fried Chicken Corn Bread Salad with Roasted Summer Squash
(courtesy of chef Sean P. Studds, Homegrown Gastropub in Reno. Serves 1)

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Photo Provided by Chef Sean P. Studds of Homegrown Gastropub
Chef Sean P. Studds pairs summer squash with fried chicken and cornbread over a bed of spring greens.

 

6 ounces buttermilk fried chicken (recipe below)
3 ounces herb ranch (recipe below)
4 ounces torn cornbread (recipe below)
3 ounces organic spring mix
2 ounces dried cranberries
2 ounces toasted pumpkin seeds
3 ounces summer squash, roasted

Prepare chicken, ranch, and cornbread first.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Rinse and chop summer squash into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast on sheet pan in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool and set aside. Toss spring mix with ranch, and place on center of large bowl. Place summer squash, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds on top of and around greens. Fry chicken strips to golden brown in preheated 350 degree F deep fryer. Place on top of salad. Tear 1 serving of cornbread and sprinkle over top of salad.

For buttermilk fried chicken:
(Serves 10)

10, 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 quart buttermilk
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
4 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons kosher salt

Thaw and marinate chicken breasts in buttermilk, preferably overnight. Pull breasts from buttermilk and dredge with some of the flour. Then place into the remaining flour mixed with the Cajun seasoning and panko. Lay breasts, not touching, onto parchment-lined sheet pans until ready to fry. Fry in deep fryer until golden brown. Season generously with salt. Finish in oven at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes. Internal temp should reach 165 degrees F.

For herb ranch:
(Makes 2 quarts)

4 cups sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cups buttermilk
1 bunch fresh herbs, finely chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
½ tablespoon black pepper

Using a whisk, combine all ingredients and store in refrigerator.

For cornbread:
(Serves 6)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
⅔ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3½ teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil

Whisk all ingredients together and pour into baking dish that has been sprayed with non-GMO cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool and cut into 6 portions.

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