This is just a quick update. It's been ages since I made fried chicken. If you recall, the last time I made it (which was the first time I ever made it) I thought it might be a little bland. So this time, as promised, I added some more spice. Same recipe, but with the addition of some cayanne pepper. Totally did the trick. The chicken was juicy, crispy, and so flavorful.
Of course, it didn't hurt that I topped it with some chorizo gravy - chicken chorizo sausage removed from its casing and cooked with cream, onion, flour, worcheser sauce, serrano chile, and thyme. Even if th chicken had been lacking in the spice department, this would have added whatever was lacking.
And for a smidgen more of a Southwestern flava. I added some roasted poblano chile in with the mashed potatoes. I went back to my usual method without the cream cheese, and yup it was sooo much better. I'll never go back to cream cheese again!