How To Make Fried Chicken
When it comes to cooking down home comfort food, knowing how to make fried chicken is essential. The question is, what to do if you've a taste for crispy fried chicken but not a clue on how to start? Learning how to make fried chicken is easy and with the right ingredients and a little time you'll be well on your way to fried chicken perfection.
To make fried chicken, you will need:
- 1 fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoon of Paprika
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Brown or plastic storage bag
- Vegetable or Canola Oil
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a brown bag or a plastic storage bag measure out your flour, garlic powder, paprika, pepper and salt. Shake to combine.
- Create an egg wash. In a large enough bowl to accommodate the size of the chicken pieces or in a plastic container, beat the egg with a tablespoon of water. Set aside.
- Clean the chicken. Thoroughly wash the chicken pieces and set aside on a clean surface. Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle lightly with seasoning salt.
- Dip the chicken into the egg wash. Once all sides are wet, be sure to shake off the excess moisture.
- Coat the chicken. Place one to two pieces of chicken in the bag containing the seasoned flour. Shake vigorously to coat all sides, remove from the bag and set aside.
- Heat the oil and add the chicken. Pour the vegetable oil into a heavy skillet until it is around one to one-and-a-half inches deep and heat. Once heated place the chicken into the heated oil, and be careful to avoid overcrowding.
- Fry the chicken, turning to brown on all sides. Once the chicken is brown, lower the heat and cover the skillet, cooking the chicken for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Remove the cover from the skillet and turn up the heat. Fry uncovered for crispness, being sure to turn after several minutes for even frying and to ensure against burning.
- Remove the chicken with tongs. Once removed, place the fried chicken on a paper towel covered plate. The paper towel will help absorb any excess oil.
- Repeat with the remaining chicken until finished. Once you've fried all the remaining pieces of chicken your done. Sit back, relax and enjoy a homemade fried chicken meal.
- Once all of the chicken has been coated, allow it to set for about five minutes. Allowing the chicken to sit for a few moment helps the batter to adhere better when it is placed in the oil.
- For a nice crispy fried chicken, don't overcrowd the skillet. Frying pieces shouldn't touch once they are in the oil.
- For variety and added crunch, substitute bread crumbs or crushed Corn Flakes for the flour.