Fried Chicken - with photos

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by MissPrissy, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am posting this from an old blog post of mine.

    I fry chicken the way my Grandma taught me. Nothing fancy. Simple fried chicken.

    I cut up a chicken into pieces. Then i season it with pepper, garlic powder and anything else I have a taste for like onion powder, a dash of nutmeg etc. I don't use salt at this point because it pulls the juices out of the meat. I put them in a bag and put them in the fridge for several hours. I usually prepare the chicken this way the night before or the early the morning I plan to cook it.

    Then I soak it in buttermilk a few hours before preparing to fry it. The lactic acid int he buttermilk helps to tenderize the meat. It also gives the seasoned flour something to hold on to. I use buttermilk that i culture myself. You can find out how here in our dairy/yogurt thread.

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    I use flour - usually self rising and season it with similar things as the chicken - pepper, garlic powder and anything else I have a taste for like onion powder, a dash of nutmeg etc - and salt to taste. The flour coating just isn't good without some salt.

    While I am doing this I get my oil heatig in my pan. You want it to slow heat and be sizzling hot when you put in your chicken. If you get it too hot the chicken's crispy coating will burn before the meat is cooko through to the bone.

    In go the pieces of chicken - first soaked in butter milk then rolled in seasoned flour.

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    If you like a thicker crispy coating after you roll the chicken pieces in flour dip them back into the buttermilk and then roll them in your seasoned flour again before putting in the hot oil.

    Once the chicken has browned nicely I turn it over for the second side to brown.

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    The secret to good juicy chicken is turning it only once. You don't want to loose the meat juices to the pan. be patient. Let it fry slow and steady and turn it only once.

    Once both sides are cooked nice and golden brown take them out to drain on papertoweling or a brown paper bag.

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    The paper bag will wick away more surface oil left from frying but they are hard to come by these days in the world of plastic grocery bags.

    Also - lard cooks better than oil. If you get your grease hot - and are careful not to let it burn - you won't get greasy chicken. You get cripy perfect chicken every time.

    You may also like the fried chicken liver thread we started back in the winter months.

    If you want chicken cutletts here is my Chicken Parmigiana (or parmesian) with Photos thread and you cook the cutletts the same way.
     
  2. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This looks sooo yummy! Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?!?!
     
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
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    MP, have I ever told you how much I love you? [​IMG] That looks amazingly delicious!! Thank you sooooo much!! The photos always help!
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You are very welcome! [​IMG]
     
  5. menageriemama

    menageriemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yummmm! My mouth is watering!!! What kind of oil do you like to fry in? Peanut? Canola? Just wondering, because I am going to have to make that wonderful looking chicken tonight![​IMG]
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If I use my big deep fryer I use peanut oil in it. If I do on the stove top crisco or lard.
     
  7. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
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    omg that looks delicious,
    Thank you Miss Prissy, Hello fresh chicken goodbye KFC
     
  8. bulldog-girl

    bulldog-girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MissPrissy, just found this thread. Can I ask how much oil you put in the pan? Looks like from the pic it is about 1/2 inch to 3/4?

    I have never done well with fried chicken. It seems my crust is always tuff tasting(not crispy). I have never used self rising flour. I have also never used lard-usually liquid oil. that may have been my problem. Perhaps that makes a difference. I have soaked it in buttermilk however. I appreciate your pics. I feel motivated to try again![​IMG]
     
  9. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
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    Nuggetsowner:) :

    This looks sooo yummy! Guess what we are having for dinner tonight?!?!

    Why wait for dinner??? I want it right now for breakfast! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe with pictures.​
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:And here I thought fried chicken for breakfast was a southern thing! [​IMG]

    bulldog girl - i guess about 1/2 - 3/4 inch - dependson mthe pan and how much I am cooking. I am just used to eyeballing most things. Try the self rising flour or look for house autry brand chicken breader - delicous chicken!
     

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