So I wanted to make Gordon Ramsay's buttermilk fried chicken Recipe. Although I didn't have any buttermilk so I found online you can use milk with lemon as a replacement for buttermilk. Sounded perfect. Gordon recommends in the video that you marinade it over night. So I try that. I have come back the next day and the milk has separated. Have I ruined the chicken?

Thank you in advance.

EDIT: Yes its been in the fridge. very little lemon juice was included, so it doesn't appear to have cooked.

EDIT 2: OK, I will try it and then answer my own question with the result.

  • Does the chicken appear to have 'cooked' a bit?
    – Giorgio
    Aug 25, 2016 at 19:58
  • Was it in the fridge? If so should be safe to cook.
    – paparazzo
    Aug 25, 2016 at 19:59
  • @Dorothy very little lemon juice was included, so it doesn't appear to have cooked Aug 25, 2016 at 20:10
  • @Paparazzi Yes it was in the fridge. Aug 25, 2016 at 20:11
  • Then it should be fine (too much lemon/acid without oil can toughen meat).
    – Giorgio
    Aug 25, 2016 at 20:15

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I would be surprised if your milk didn't curdle. The entire point of adding the lemon is to induce this to at least a certain extent. Buttermilk is already somewhat curdled so as long as it wasn't so acidic that the chicken was chemically cooked, everything should turn out fine.

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