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Fried Chicken

Fried ChickenO Fried Chicken

How I love you.

Even if I don’t eat you very often

Because you’re so very,

Very fattening and

Clog my arteries.

But, damn – you’re tasty.

As we all may or may not know (or care), I grew up in Texas.  You do not grow up in Texas and dislike fried chicken – it simply isn’t done.  Someone will snatch you up and take you to a small, cheap motel room to reprogram you.  Or exorcise you.  Or something.

Anyhoo.

Fried chicken.  I love it.  My mother never cooked it when I was growing up because she simply didn’t know how – she complained that it always turned out burned on the outside and raw on the inside.  Which makes me wonder if she ever communicated with my grandmother at all, because that woman made some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.

Frying chicken really is not that hard.  All you need is a large, heavy skillet with a lid, some oil (or, if you’re one of those die-hard Southerners, some Crisco), some flour, milk, an egg, basic seasonings, and, of course, some chicken.  Not boneless, skinless chicken breasts either, but chicken parts with all of that stuff left on/in (you wouldn’t want to end up in that small, cheap motel, now would you?).

As I said, any heavy skillet with a lid that is large enough to hold all of the pieces of chicken you’re cooking is fine, but it’s a dandy excuse to buy a cast iron chicken fryer.  *Smiles sweetly at Beloved*  Isn’t it dear?  And since fried chicken tastes almost as good cold as it does hot, and not only can but should be eaten with your hands, it is great picnic food.

If you like it spicy, use they cayenne.  It is SO good that way.

Fried Chicken

serves a picnic

3 pounds frying chicken pieces

2 to 2-1/2 cups oil or Crisco

Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cup milk

Combine the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and cayenne pepper in a wide, shallow dish; set aside. Combine the egg and milk in a separate dish large enough to hold a couple of pieces of chicken and set aside.

In a heavy skillet, melt shortening or heat the oil over high heat.

While the shortening/oil is heating, rinse the chicken pieces and lightly pat dry with a paper towel. Working with one or two pieces at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking to remove excess. Dip each piece in the milk/egg mixture, then dredge again in the flour mixture, coating well. Place pieces in a single layer on a piece of waxed paper until all are coated.

When the shortening/oil reaches a temperature of 360°F on a frying thermometer, carefully add the chicken pieces, skin side down, starting with the dark meat in the center of the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-high, and fry chicken until skin side is golden brown, then turn and brown the other side.

Reduce heat to medium, and cover the pan. Cook for 25 minutes, and remove the cover. Cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Remove chicken pieces, and drain on paper towels.


20 comments

stoneskin says:

Tell you what it is the egg that really does it. Fry without egg, it’s a big bland, fry with egg and you’re in the 7th heaven. Wherever that is.

Be says:

And that’s how we make Sushi Fried Chicken boys and girls! (Southern Style of course all y’all)

I love it spicy. Not hot but with that little kick in the background. Yum. I’ll probably never make this but if we ever get to meet in real life, it will be my special request. *wink* You’d do that for me, wouldn’t you, Jan? You love me that much, right?
.-= Smart Mouth Broad´s last blog ..PUT A CORK IN IT – A LUCY STORY =-.

Jane Gaston says:

I’m from the south, so know all about ‘The Fried Chicken Club’ and actually, I make fantastic fried chicken… it’s just been, oh, about 15 years since I made any!
.-= Jane Gaston´s last blog ..The Tooth =-.

vodkamom says:

I LOVE to make Fried CHicken! I have never added cayenne pepper, however.

Next time I WILL!!

I also splash Worcestershire Sauce on top of the chicken while it’s cooking. yum.

Michele says:

I’ll take your word for it. The boys might like it though.
.-= Michele´s last blog ..The Beach =-.

Lori says:

My husband loves fried chicken. I have lots of people coming this weekend and this might be something I could make since I don’t have a clue to what I am all making as of yet. I would love a big cast iron pan!
.-= Lori´s last blog ..Coming Home =-.

Celeste Maia says:

I will have to try your fried chicken, can you believe that I never had it? I am from Mozambique where I grew up with spicy food, so I will add the cayenne.
Talk about cooking, I spent the morning in the kitchen yesterday cooking lunch for a group of friends. I had to be inventive as they are all great cooks and most are vegetarian. So if you feel like seeing the result, I just posted the menu with photos. Hugs from sunny Portugal.
.-= Celeste Maia´s last blog .. =-.

LPC says:

I have to close this window and run away fast before my son sees and begs me and I give in and make it. Unless you are also going to attach a study that shows us how in fact, with the fat at the right temperature, very little actually becomes part of the consumed friend chicken? Please? Pretty please?
.-= LPC´s last blog ..High WASP Entertaining, The Family Gathering =-.

It’s against the law to eat fried food in Orange County. But damn, that sounds good!
.-= Twenty Four At Heart´s last blog ..Sidelined With Swimmer’s Ear =-.

Anne Gibert says:

Okay, I’m going to try this once again. Every time I do it the coating comes off. Why?
.-= Anne Gibert´s last blog ..An insurance company is an insurance company is an insurance company =-.

Monica says:

You are trying to kill me aren’t you! lol

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with either brown or white gravy (I prefer brown) OR even better how about some macaroni and cheese…nope not Kraft mac and cheese.
Corn on the cob drenched in butter, green beans cooked with onion and bacon…rolls.
For dessert…peach cobbler with vanilla (BLUEBELL) ice cream.

Well…that was a nice fantasy moment…I guess I’ll go make me some vegetable juice.
.-= Monica´s last blog ..The Little Furr Babies =-.

I’ve never thought of fried chicken as something I could make at home. It just looked too hard, and the spitting grease never won me over either. But heavens, if you were to cook for me, this would be one of the requests. If I ever meet you, it will take a few weeks to get through my menu requests!
Have you ever tried any baking breaded chicken? I’m nervous to try those, but Sprite seems to like the nugget idea so this may get her more into baked chicken than she is.
.-= Sprite’s Keeper´s last blog ..Anybody up for some TMI? =-.

Pseudo says:

Fried chicken is one of my favorite foods in the whole world. I’m going to try this.

They do alot of local style fried chicken over here. My favorite is Mochiko chicken.
.-= Pseudo´s last blog ..The Voices in My Head =-.

I may actually make this. I mean, I’m not that fond of my kids all the time. So a little artery clogging may be in order.
I’ve actually been looking for a fried chicken recipe.
Once in a blue moon can’t hurt, right?
.-= Maureen at IslandRoar´s last blog ..Spin Cycle: Driving =-.

Would you please come fix me fried chicken? I haven’t had good fried chicken in forever!!!
.-= Midlife Slices´s last blog ..Pollyspeak =-.

Raven says:

I was just thinking about how hungry I was and then I saw that chicken. NUMMY! I wish I could cook. Looks like I’ll be heading to Kentucky Fried Chicken if I want some!

Be says:

I really hate to be the one to be the bearer of bad news, but you simply can NOT get this at KFC! She fed this to me Friday night – Praise the lord and pass the gray – it was Specdamnfabulous!

Be says:

Oops – gravy not gray (though I am).

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