Air Fryer Catfish Po'Boy
I’m black y’all, I’m black y’all I’m blackity black black black y’all! Today is Juneteenth and I am celebrating with all my people(s). For those who are wondering about Juneteenth you can check the history here. One of my cousins just recently shared some history about my family’s celebration on Juneteenth and it gave me SO much joy. This photo shows that a great (great/great/great?) Uncle of mine did to celebrate Juneteenth.
Growing up, Juneteenth was something I knew about but did not necessarily acknowledge. I am not really sure when I learned about it and it’s true history but I was much older maybe college age. But I never took off for it and may or may not have participated in festivals. When I met my best friend, she was a HUGE celebrator of Juneteenth having grown up in Texas and her excitement and passion for the holiday really got me into it. I asked her specifically, what do people do on Juneteenth (that is if you aren’t doing anything in your community). One of the things she told me is that people often will eat soul food and have cookouts. So today, I’m bringing a food that says “soul food” like none other. Fried Chicken! And not just any fried chicken a fried chicken versus. I think it’s high TIME that we decide…who fries the best chicken.
It seems so silly to have this discussion but…I love me some fried chicken! And I’m sure you can make your OWN batter…and I do (thank you very much Judgy) but I like to use shortcuts. Often when you’re in the store, you wonder what you can and cannot have shortcuts about. And to me, fried chicken batter fits in that category.
The batters are all there on the aisle- but it is time that I determined once and for all which was the best chicken batter. Was it Andy’s or Louisiana Fried Chicken? Let me be clear, this is NOT a sponsored post so I have NO bias. But even if I did, I would be honest with you guys. However if either one of those companies want to send me some product…I don’t mind if I do say that I emphatically believe that <insert sponsored company here> has the best batter of all times.
When it comes to Andy’s batter, the batter itself is already seasoned. But I seasoned my chicken anyway. The skin has a consistency that you really love.
Now Louisiana Chicken Batter Mix requires the extra step of creating a wet batter using some of the mix and mixing it with water, dipping the chicken in there first then putting it in the dry batter before frying. Also- although the Louisiana Chicken batter mix has a ‘spicy’ it’s not too hot you can’t eat it or consume it. To me it adds some extra “umph” more than just too hot to handle. Although Andy’s does have a spicy version, I used the mild.
For both mixes, I used peanut oil. It’s a much lighter oil. It’s a little more expensive but it goes a little further than your other oils like canola or vegetable.
For what it’s worth I think that both batters are great. The distinction to me is that the Louisiana gives you that CRISPY CRISPY crunch. I for one like really crispy chicken so on that alone- Louisiana wins. My husband however likes the Andy’s because it’s much smoother and while it is crispy it’s not overly crispy.
In the end, I really think it comes down to preference. I will very likely continue to use each chicken batters from time to time (or all the time really). Anything that could save me a step is worth it.
What type of chicken batter do you like to use? Andy’s or Louisiana? Or another. Let me know down in the comments.