Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Southern Fried Chicken

This fried chicken  is a no-fail, no-fuss version of classic fried chicken with a perfectly crunchy seasoned crust (the trick is the cornstarch) and juicy meat.


6                   large eggs
Kosher salt
3                  cups all-purpose flour
1/2              cup cornstarch
1-1/2          tablespoons garlic powder
1                   teaspoon paprika
1                   teaspoon crushed red pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1                  3-1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Vegetable oil, for frying

1 .  In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, crushed red pepper, 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

2 .  Pat the chicken pieces dry. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in the seasoned flour. Dip the coated chicken in the egg, then dredge again in the seasoned flour and transfer to the baking sheet.

3 .  In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 3/4 inch of oil to 360 /176*;. Set a rack over another baking sheet. Fry half of the chicken over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted nearest the  bone registers 165 /176*;, about 15 minutes. Transfer to the rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Serve right away.

There are myriad opinions for fried chicken: Champagne, Pinot Noir, even Lambrusco. Try the minerally NV Christian Etienne Champagne Brut.

Heart healthy


  1. Thanks for telling me about the cornstarch. That was a little secret I did not know about. I am trying it tonight. Tell me some more southern cooking secrets.
    Lotsa luv

  2. I will Hahahahaha!!!
    We have a lot of them beside using lots of herbs and spices .
    Lotsa love back at you .


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