Photo Courtesy: Back to the Future Wikia.
When I think chicken, I think of Doc Brown. Well, at the very least I think of Marty McFly…
In any case, near the Back to the Future Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood (sadly this was not at the Florida location, and it’s all long gone now), sat a peculiar restaurant– Doc Brown’s Chicken.
Is this really “The Finest Chicken of All Time”? The obvious answer is yes. Doc Brown has been through all of time. He knows his shit.
The menu consisted of standard chicken place items– chicken dinners, tenders, and sandwiches, but also coconut shrimp and crab stuffed shrimp (with bacon). That’s pretty damned fancy.
Although the ride closed in 2007 to make way for The Simpsons ride, Doc Brown’s Chicken remained open until January 2014. So while Doc Brown’s Chicken restaurant is gone, we can still enjoy fancy chicken in our own homes without the help of time travel.
Doc Brown’s Fancy Oven-Fried Chicken
We can’t all time travel 30 years into the future and still look the same age, so here’s Doc Brown’s Fancy Chicken’s oven-fried chicken!
8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless with fat trimmed off
1 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon Frank’s RedHot sauce
2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika (be sure to find the oldest container in the back of your spice cabinet with the lid that won’t close)
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup peanut oil
In a shallow dish, mix flour with salt and pepper (to taste).
In a second shallow dish, whisk together two eggs, milk, Frank’s RedHot sauce, and salt and pepper (again, to taste)
In the third shallow dish, mix the Panko with the seasoning (paprika, onion salt, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, chili powder, salt, and pepper).
Once thoroughly combined, add in the 1/4 cup of peanut oil. This will make the mixture into a wet sand consistency. The peanut oil will help the coating adhere to the chicken and get it to crisp up nice in the oven.
Send your chicken thighs through the line! One by one, coat chicken with flour, then with egg, and finally the Panko mixture. With the Panko, be sure to really press the crumbs into the chicken to ensure your chicken will be fancy and crispy.
Place coated chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Chicken should be fancy, brown, and crispy when done.
Serve with cole slaw and fries and gravy (or a poutine to honour Michael J. Fox, of course).
While Doc Brown’s Chicken probably wasn’t licensed, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this with a nice glass of Tiffani “Amber Ale” Thiessen, courtesy of Pop Rewind breweries.
Did you ever get a chance to eat at Doc Brown’s Chicken?