Los Pollos Hermanos Oven-Fried Chicken

Zesty oven-fried chicken inspired by Los Pollos Hermanos.

Zesty oven-fried chicken inspired by Los Pollos Hermanos.

Those of you that know me know that I have been a fan of the Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul TV series since they started.

One of the protagonists on the shows is a character name Gus Fring. Gus, among other things, has a chain of chicken restaurants named Los Pollos Hermanos.

This is a rendition of the chicken that was described in the show as “Your chicken, it’s so…zesty. Piquant.”

8 Boneless chicken breasts
2 eggs
1/4 cup sriracha
5 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons cumin
3 tablespoons cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons crushed red pepper
3 cups flour

Mix chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and red pepper with 2/3 cup flour.

Mix sriracha with eggs.

Dip breast in egg, then in flour then cover in pepper/flour mix.

Preheat oven at 375°.

Cook for 25 minutes. Carefully turn and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy with a side of red beans and rice, fries, or biscuits and gravy.

3 Ingredient Biscuits

3 Ingredient Biscuits

Yield 4


1 cup self-rising flour
1 Tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
2-3 tablespoons flour for kneading


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine shortening and flour with a fork in a bowl.

Add buttermilk and mix.

Turn dough out onto a sheet of waxed paper that’s been dusted with flour.

Dust top of dough with flour and press into a disc about 1 inch thick.

Cut dough into 4 equal sections.

Form each section into a circle and place in oven-safe pan.

Bake 13 to 15 minutes at 425.

Bake until browned. Serve hot!

Self-Rising Flour

Self-Rising Flour

Makes 4 cups

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt


Measure the flour into a large mixing bowl.

Add the baking powder and salt.

Whisk to combine.

Use or store in an airtight container.

Self-rising flour can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 year.

Sun Tea

Not really a formal recipe here, but more for reference.

Freshly brewed sun tea is a staple in the summertime.

Freshly brewed sun tea is a staple in the summertime.

Take 7 tea bags and place them into a 1-gallon jar of cool water.

Place the jar into a sunny place and leave to brew for 4-6 hours.

Move the jar to keep it in the sun as much as possible.

Server over ice, lots and lots of ice.

Note, you can substitute different kinds of tea into the jar. I recommend green tea as well as any herbal tea you enjoy.

Experimentation is a good thing.

Watermelon-Mint Iced Tea

This is a Greek-inspired drink and is very refreshing.

Watermelon Mint Tea, photo from http://flusterbuster.com

Watermelon Mint Tea, photo from http://flusterbuster.com


8 cups chopped seeded watermelon
7 black tea bags
2 tablespoons clover honey
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish, optional


Puree the watermelon in batches until smooth, then strain into a pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until very cold.

Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, add the tea bags and honey and let steep 5 minutes. Add the mint leaves, cover and refrigerate until cold. Discard the mint leaves and add the tea to the watermelon juice. Serve over ice in tall glasses with mint sprigs, if desired.

I have made this with 3 green tea bags substituted for 3 black tea bags.

Southern Pimento Cheese


2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 4-ounce jar diced pimento, drained
salt and black pepper to taste


Place the Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and pimento into the large bowl of a mixer. Beat at medium speed until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Serve as spread on a sandwich or as a vegetable dip.