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Food & Choons : Cooking Fried Chicken with Riflebirds' album, World Feels Wide

Making your own delicious fried chicken doesn't have to be hard. Plus, it's the perfect companion to the smooth alt-country vibes of Riflebirds' second album, World Feels Wide. We recommended practicing your best southern drawl in advance, so you can sing along effectively. Serve this with slaw to level up.

Ingredients
 
Serves 4
(2 for hungry demons)
 
4x Chicken Drumsticks
4x Chicken Thighs
 
3x Eggs
1/3 Cup Buttermilk
1/4 Cup Tabasco Sauce
3 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoons Paprika
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
2 Cups Self Raising Flour
Salt and Pepper
Vegetable Oil for frying
 
 
1. In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs and milk together. The opening track on Riflebirds' LP World Feels Wide serves as a fine complement to your brisk whisking. Last Train features plenty of country twang and rolls along nicely, with a super smooth chorus. Sway your hips, tap your toes, and you’ll soon be on your way.
 
2. Add your tabasco, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. If you want to take things up a notch, add the cayenne pepper now too. Meanwhile, the title track from the Melbourne six-piece, World Feels Wide, kicks off with a bit of groove and reverb. A bluesy backbone and an echoing build-up will easily coast you through to the next step.
 
3. Spread out half the flour on a plate. Dip your chick bits in the egg mix, keeping an eye to only use half of this too, then roll those bitches in the flour. Shit does get a bit messy, so don't be too enthusiastic. After you've battered up four pieces of chicken, add the rest of the flour to the plate and repeat. Things head down-tempo with Theyre Out To Get You, which features saxophone as the hero, alongside some complex riffs down the track. The soulful venture is both an ode to the courageous as well as a lament, with lyrics like “Black dog creeping like a demon, trying to take you down.” Don’t be sad though, you’re about to eat some tasty as chicken.
 
4. Heat your vegetable oil in a pan to medium heat. Use a large, heavy based skillet. You want enough oil in there so the chicken is basically having a bath almost half way up. If you don't have a big pan on hand, you’ll need to do this in batches. While you’re waiting for the oil to get nice and hot, Wanderings will have you appreciating a rockier, guitar laden side to Riflebirds.
 
5. Cook the crap out of those guys for about 10-15 minutes per side. Feel free to turn the heat down a smidge if things are getting gnarly hot, and oil is spitting everywhere. You want them nice and golden brown, and the chicken cooked through. Ain’t got no time for salmonella. Get excited with The Mess, which cracks the whip from the get-go. Zealous harmonica leads quickly into a hair-trigger frenzy of a track. Boogie on down in anticipation of your delicious fried goods.
 
6. Once all the chicken is done, crispy and magnificent, sit your arse down and eat up. Closing track Goodnight All is an acoustic style ballad, which will get you all warm and cosy for your impending food coma.
 
BY BEL RYAN

RIFLEBIRDS' album, WORLD FEELS WIDE, has been released independently. You can stream it from their website www.riflebirds.com.au. Catch them launch it at The Retreat Hotel on Friday August 12.