Northern Woods Fried Chicken

Northern Woods Fried Chicken (marinated in maple syrup and other ingredients before frying)
This is one of the foods I think of when I remember my youth.  Sometime in the late 1970s, my mom entered a maple syrup recipe contest.  She came up with this recipe for amazing fried chicken.  She won some real maple syrup and a plaque with her name on it.  The secret to the flavor of this dish is the marinade of course.  By “soaking” the chicken before frying it, a completely new dimension is added.
Northern Woods Fried Chicken

Northern Woods Fried Chicken
  • 2 fryers, cut up or 16 pieces of chicken
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  1. Combine the egg, maple syrup, soy sauce, green onions and garlic powder.
  2. Add the chicken and let marinate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients and dredge the chicken in it.
  4. Fry a few pieces at a time in oil of your choice.
  5. Do not turn until completely done on one side.
  6. You only want to turn fried chicken once or you risk the coating falling off.
  7. After turning, partially cover the pan like so.
  8. When the first batch is done, place on a wire rack over a baking sheet to drain. Place in a warm oven to stay crisp and warm while you are cooking the remaining chicken.



5 thoughts on “Northern Woods Fried Chicken

  1. >Awesome recipe – one I was made familiar with a few years ago when we moved to the north woods. I'd never heard of using maple syrup and chicken like this before – ingenius!

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