Bring on the Superbowl: Fried Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

There are certain people who are more fun to cook for than others. My friend of Dan is one of these people. He loves food and is very grateful to those who provide it for him. Dan happens to be a huge football fan so Superbowl is a big day for him. I made this chicken for him last year on his hallowed  Sunday…it is so good, I thought I should share it with you for this year. Go Pats (my husband will be so upset if I don’t throw in a plug for his beloved team)!

Mushroom Gravy – Bacon Optional (I suppose)

  • 4 strips of high-quality bacon, cut into match stick pieces
  • 1 c mixed mushrooms, cut into medium dice
  • 1 small yellow onion, cut into finer dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 c  red wine
  • 3 c chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley (optional)

Spicy Fried Chicken

  • 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle powder
  • 1 Tbsp dried mustard
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • enough canola oil to come about 1.5 inches up the side of your flat-bottomed sauté pan