Richard Blais Blogs: These Fried Chicken ‘Oysters’ Are Even Better for Game Day Than Wings (No Bones About It)

02/05/2016 at 05:11 PM ET

Richard Blais Oyster Fried Chicken
The Crack Shack; Richard Blais

To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we’ve partnered with Taste of the NFL and their chef partners all season long. The charity helps to raise awareness and funds via the season-long Kick Hunger Challenge. For more information or to donate to your favorite team’s city, visit their website, and be sure to check every Thursday for a new game day recipe from your favorite celebrity chefs. Here, Chef Richard Blais gives us his recipe for fried chicken “oysters” from his San Diego eatery The Crack Shack. Follow him on twitter @RichardBlais

I love this dish because it’s creative but also familiar. The brine and tartar sauce kind of trick you into thinking you are having seafood, but at the end of the day they are a nice upgrade on fried chicken wings — football’s favorite tailgate food. But when you are watching a good game, who’s got time for bones?

(NOTE: At Blais’ restaurant, they make these with chicken oysters, which are found on the backbone of the chicken — this adapted recipe uses the more common chicken thighs, but if you can find the oysters, go for ’em!)

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Richard Blais’ Fried Chicken “Oysters” from The Crack Shack
1 gallon vegetable oil, for deep frying
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, diced into 1-in. cubes (or chicken oysters, if you can find them)
4 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. black pepper
2 cups kewpie mayo or regular mayo
1 tsp. minced shallot
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tbsp. pickle relish
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. pickled yellow mustard seeds
Lemon wedges, for serving

1. Preheat oil in a fryer or deep pot to 325°F and marinate the chicken in buttermilk for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix salt and black pepper into the flour.

2. Make the tartar sauce: In a bowl, add mayo, shallot, garlic, relish, onion and garlic powder, vinegar, and mustard seeds and stir to combine.

3. Remove oysters from buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture and fry in batches until golden brown and chicken is fully cooked. Transfer to plate lined with paper towels and serve immediately with sauce and lemon wedges.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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