Classic Fried Chicken
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If you like fried chicken that has real crunch and lots of flavor, then this recipe for Classic Fried Chicken is right up your alley. We give our chicken a buttermilk bath to make it extra-moist and flavorful, and coat it twice before frying it up so it's super crunchy. The results? The perfect, classic fried chicken.
What You'll Need
- 1 (3- to 3-1/2-pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups vegetable shortening
What to Do
- Place chicken in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover. Add 2 teaspoons salt and soak chicken 20 minutes.
- In a shallow dish, combine flour, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, the garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and black pepper; mix well. Place buttermilk in another shallow dish.
- Remove chicken from water and dip in flour mixture, coating completely. Dip chicken in buttermilk then in flour mixture again, coating all sides.
- In a large deep skillet or cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat to 325 degrees. Fry chicken in batches for 10 to 12 minutes per side until golden and no pink remains in center of chicken. Drain on a wire rack over a baking sheet. To keep warm while cooking remaining chicken, place baking sheet in a 250 degree warm oven.
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- Make sure you round off the meal with our Award-Winning Mashed Potatoes and these Perfect Peas!
- For more fried chicken recipes you'll love, try our Crispy Crunchy Fried Chicken or our Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
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Nutritional InformationShow More
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Calories 1,442
- Calories from Fat 938
- Total Fat 104g 160 %
- Saturated Fat 36g 180 %
- Trans Fat 0.3g 0 %
- Protein 71g 141 %
- Cholesterol 288mg 96 %
- Sodium 1,729mg 72 %
- Total Carbohydrates 50g 17 %
- Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8 %
- Sugars 1.7g 0 %