Classic fried chicken

Chef: Costcutter
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Classic fried chicken

5 cups vegetable oil, or shortening for frying

2 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons Chili sauce

1 tablespoon salt

2 chickens, each cut into 8 pieces

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

In extra-large zip-top plastic bag, combine buttermilk, Chili sauce and 1 tsp. salt. Add chicken pieces, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag in bowl; refrigerate chicken for 2 to 24 hours to marinate, turning bag over once.

In pie plate or bowl, stir flour, baking powder, pepper, paprika and remaining 2 tsp. salt until well mixed. Remove a few pieces of chicken from buttermilk mixture, shaking off excess liquid. Add chicken to flour mixture, turning to coat well. Place chicken on wire rack set over waxed paper, without letting pieces touch. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces, using a second rack if necessary; let stand 15 minutes to set coating. Discard buttermilk mixture.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 250ºF. Line two large cooking trays with paper towels. Divide oil between two 12-inch saucepans, preferably electric (there should be about 1/2 inch of oil in each saucepans) and heat over medium heat until temperature reaches 360ºF on a deep-fry thermometer.

To each pan, add 4 pieces of chicken, skin side down, being careful not to crowd pieces. Cover the pan and cook until chicken is light golden brown on the bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn pieces over and cook, covered (reducing heat to medium-low, if necessary, to a temperature of 300ºF), 8 to 10 minutes longer for white meat, and 13 to 15 minutes longer for dark meat, turning pieces every 4 or 5 minutes. Chicken is done when well browned on all sides and juices run clear when thickest part is pierced with the tip of a knife. Transfer chicken to lined tray to drain. Keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining chicken

Season and Serve.


Preparation Time
25 minutes

Cooking Time
20 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Chicken

Recipe Type
Dinner, Family Dinners, Quick Meals

Level of Difficulty

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