Introduction: Red Velvet Fried Chicken

The ultimate mash-up: red velvet cake + fried chicken = a celebration for your taste buds.  If you've ever needed a reason to fry cake, today is your day.  I was honestly skeptical how red velvet cake would pair with fried chicken, but now that I've crossed that line, there's no going back.  It's AWesOMe!  And really, it's no harder to make than regular fried chicken!  Just swap out cake crumbs for your breading, and everything else is the same. 

I understand some restaurants will actually dip their chicken in red velvet cake batter before frying, but really, are you going to make up an entire batch of red velvet cake just to indulge in this sinful creation? Heck no.  Go to the shop, buy a single piece of cake - it's enough to dredge an entire chicken!  Or if you happen to have leftover cake (as if there were such a thing as "leftover cake"), you're good to go.

Step 1: Prep

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  • Chicken - I used one whole chicken, cut it apart and skinned it, but you choose your favorite parts!
  • Flour - about 1/4 - 1/3 cup, depending on how much chicken you use
  • Egg, slightly beaten
  • Red velvet cake crumbs- about 1/8 worth of a full cake (one slice) I used this recipe.
  • Peanut or vegetable oil

Directions:
  1. Begin by heating at least an inch of oil in your pan to 350F (180C) (Deep fryers obviously require more!)
  2. Separate flour, egg, and cake crumbs into three shallow dishes.
  3. Dredge the chicken pieces first in flour, then dip in the egg, and finally, coat in cake crumbs,

Step 2: Fry

Fry your chicken in batches, for about 5-minutes per side.  Turn chicken pieces with tongs.  Revel in the smell of frying cake.  Remove chicken pieces to a paper towel-lined plate or draining rack. 

Internal temperature of cooked chicken should read 160-165F (71-74C). 

Chicken can be kept warm in a low-temp oven until ready to eat.

Best served with cream cheese mashed potatoes and greens.

Enjoy!

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jose+antoniom2 made it!(author)2015-09-22

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SupraHD made it!(author)2013-01-13

I'm sorry, I've never tasted a Red Velvet Cake before. Is it sweet or what? Seriously, I don't want sweet dishes except for desserts. By the way, the chicken looks delicious. Well another good post. This is great. "★★★★★"

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Zannin made it!(author)2012-09-20

I did this recipe for a office pot luck. It was a big hit. Thanks so much for a wonderful, playful idea.

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dreamberry made it!(author)2012-08-21

Well I never woulda come up with this in a million years. Looks delish.

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cakeblindness made it!(author)2012-08-18

What about red velvet cake mix powder? Or is mix a no-no?

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-08-19

Oh yeah, that might work!

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TheBaldFish made it!(author)2012-08-18

Spectacular! Great Job! I would never have thought to do this...

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garnishrecipes made it!(author)2012-08-17

I would have never thought to try this, but I'm glad you did. It's awesome!

I wonder, have you tried with other varieties of cake? I bet spice cake or yellow cake batter, dolled up with some spices, would be a great flavor combo too.

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-08-17

This cake isn't too too sweet, so it's nice. A spice cake would be killer! Carrot cake? Well that's almost healthy right there.

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Verdann made it!(author)2012-08-17

I gotta know. If you are deep frying the chicken, which isn't the healthiest method of cooking, why are you removing the delicious skin?

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scoochmaroo made it!(author)2012-08-17

Definitely not required, but my chicken chopping wasn't going as neatly as I'd hoped, and the skin was kinda slipping off already. I wasn't sure how the skin would do underneath cake crumbs, so I figured better safe than sorry. Give it a whirl with the skin on and let me know how it is!

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lafnbear made it!(author)2012-08-17

Yep, "leftover cake"- definitely one of those oxymorons.

(Ever heard the alternative definition of "oxymoron": an idiot who, unbelievably, is still breathing...)

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milkywaybar made it!(author)2012-08-16

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo going to try this! I am in Food-Combinations-That-you-never-thought-would-work-but-some-how-do heaven!

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artfulann made it!(author)2012-08-16

Sounds good! Decadent for the waist line, but delicious sounding!

And if you don't have red velvet cake but you do have German chocolate, use it (red velvet is German chocolate without the red coloring)

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iminthebathroom made it!(author)2012-08-16

wow, first i thought it was tandoori!

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thirtytwoutside made it!(author)2012-08-16

Two of my favorites taste that I'm sure taste great together.

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wilgubeast made it!(author)2012-08-16

That looks awesome. Delicious + mildly off-putting color = excellent chicken project.

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2012-08-16

That is crazy! I would never guess that it would be so good or that it would be so easy to do!

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