Beer-Battered Yogurt Chicken | | Crispy and flavorful chicken drumsticks, soaked in a yogurt-mixture and coated with a crisp beer-batter | #recipe #chicken #appetizer #dinner

Kiss me, I’m Irish! Okay, I’m not, but still, we can pretend.

O’Petrovska or McPetrovska – which one sounds better? Katherine McPetrovska. Looks good to me!

Oh, where are my manners! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Are you hammered, yet? :-D

I just want a cold glass of green beer. That’s all. I am not a beer drinker, but on this day I will take beer over my beloved chardonnay. Gimme some, puhlease!

Beer-Battered Yogurt Chicken | | Crispy and flavorful chicken drumsticks, soaked in a yogurt-mixture and coated with a crisp beer-batter | #recipe #chicken #appetizer #dinner

I thought this Beer-Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken would be quite fitting today. I could have made another Dublin Coddle or Soda Bread, but since I already have those two recipes on here, I thought sharing my favorite recipe for drunk fried chicken was the next best thing.

I know. I know. What have I done. How could I even! What was I thinking?! Posting two chicken recipes back to back!! Who do I even think I am?! Colonel Sanders? I’ll take his fortune, thank you very much! 

Aaaaanyway. I can not begin to describe how good these drumsticks are! Oh Lawwwwwd they are fabulous! The juiciest and crunchiest chicken I have ever had. I marinated the chicken for 4 hours in a yogurt mixture. I am shocked at myself that I actually waited 4 hours. Usually when I have to marinate something, I cut the marinating time in half. I’m kinda impatient.

But, this time I let it go. They sat on my counter, and I only stared them down once. I quickly moved away and attacked a few of those Fudge Brownies. They helped me forget about the chicken for a moment.

I don’t know about you, but I like my chicken with a good amount of cayenne. I think the cayenne gives it that oomph, you know? It makes your mouth want to dance when it hits your lips! NO? Not you? It’s just me?! Oh well…I don’t mind.

Beer-Battered Yogurt Chicken | | Crispy and flavorful chicken drumsticks, soaked in a yogurt-mixture and coated with a crisp beer-batter | #recipe #chicken #appetizer #dinner

If you have some chicken drumsticks, (or even wings!) tucked away in your freezer, take them out and let’s do this! Don’t forget your green beer!


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Beer-Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken
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Crispy and flavorful chicken drumsticks, soaked in a yogurt-mixture and coated with a crisp beer-batter.
Serves: Serves 6
For the Yogurt Mixture
  • 3 cups plain yogurt
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground peppercorns, to taste (add at least ½ tablespoon)
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 10 chicken drumsticks
For the Beer Batter
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons onion salt
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground peppercorns
  • 1 bottle (12-ounces) beer
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, salt, ground peppercorns, and cayenne.
  2. Add the chicken and let stand on counter for 4 hours.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, onion salt, garlic powder, cayenne, ground peppercorns.
  4. Whisk in the beer until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a large and deep pot or skillet; you should have enough oil to cover the chicken half way up.
  6. Cover a serving plate with paper towels and set aside.
  7. Pull the chicken out of the yogurt mixture and pat dry with paper towels.
  8. Place the chicken in beer-batter and coat; drain of any excess and add to hot oil.
  9. Fry the chicken in batches, turning once, until golden; about 20 minutes.
  10. Place the fried chicken on prepared serving plate; let stand for a few minutes.
  11. Serve


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  1. Frank March 23, 2013 at 7:08 AM - Reply

    Ime Irish and I love your food MMMMM

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook March 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    Ahhh! Looking at your fried chicken, my mind only focuses on this. It’s lunch time here and I lost all my appetite BESIDES this chicken. Adapt me…

  3. Raymund March 20, 2013 at 12:57 AM - Reply

    Look at that chicken, my oh my. Yummy!

  4. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM - Reply

    This is the last thing that a reader needs to be looking at at 8 pm when said reader hasn’t had dinner yet (and had a light lunch). Then again, what else is there worth looking at besides these gorgeous drumsticks?

  5. PolaM March 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    WOW!! Looks amazing! And must be so juicy and tender too!

  6. sara March 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM - Reply

    Gorgeous! This chicken looks insanely good!!

  7. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM - Reply

    Wicked, wicked good! Not just the recipe…the food photography, too! Dig those shots, Kate…made me want to dive right in thru my laptop! And, yes…cayenne rules. Just like Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce…a must for fried chicken!

  8. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) March 18, 2013 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    I am Irish and I didn’t even have a green beer :( Hope you got one!

  9. Carolyn March 18, 2013 at 6:07 AM - Reply

    McPetrovska! You’re crackiing me up!

  10. JanetFCTC March 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    This is some totally delicious looking fried chicken, Kate!

  11. Meagan March 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    This chicken looks so appetizing and it makes me want to eat dinner all over again!

  12. Liz March 17, 2013 at 8:39 PM - Reply

    Haha, I was going to comment on two savory recipes in a row! I had 3 last week…unprecedented :) Your fried chicken is simply amazing!!! Hope you’re sipping on your green beer right now~

  13. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    Yum, how good does this look?! Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  14. Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    I like McPetrovska:) Your chicken look so freaking yummy! I’ve tried and failed miserably at fried chicken. Can’t I just hire you to make so me for me?:) Thanks for sharing & Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  15. Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM - Reply

    I don’t have any wings or drumsticks hanging in my freezer…but I can definitely go buy some pretty quickly, and whip this incredible chicken up! BTW, I do have the beer! ;} Love this O’Kate!

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