9 easy steps to making the best fried chicken ever! You will be The Hit of The Party when you learn how to make comforting flavorful fried chicken.
This post includes easy steps with tips on making this fantastic chicken. You can make the BEST fried chicken. Follow each step carefully, and if you have a question, please leave me a comment.
What is my favorite food ever? Fried Chicken! If you like Fried Chicken, you will love this crunchy, juicy, flavorful best Fried Chicken Recipe!
Secrets to frying crispy, flavorful best Fried Chicken Recipe!
Secrets we talk about in this post include marinating the chicken in a buttermilk mixture for 24 hours. Plus, the combination of seasonings. This recipe does have a lot of ingredients, but they are most common seasonings you probably already have in your kitchen. One more secret we will talk about in this post includes, saving some of the seasonings to give your chicken a generous sprinkle after taking it out of the fryer. So, let’s dive into these secrets a little deeper.
My Favorite Food, Fried Chicken
If fried chicken is on the menu, I am ordering it. I have found lots of restaurants that have excellent fried chicken, but honestly, I still love my fried chicken just as good. This chicken is marinated in buttermilk and a little hot sauce. It is juicy, very crispy, and has a beautiful, flavorful crust. I have been working on the combination of spices for years. I love a tasty piece of chicken, and this chicken has a great flavor; it is genuinely the best Fried Chicken Recipe!
First Step: Marinate
The day before you are going to fry the chicken, in a couple of large or jumbo size ziplock bags marinate the chicken in buttermilk with hot sauce. Place the chicken in the refrigerator overnight. You may need to use a Jumbo size ziplock bag.
No Worries! The chicken is not hot but has lots of flavors. This recipe has lots of layers of flavor, beginning with the hot sauce and buttermilk.
Second Step: Spices For Fried Chicken
Mix up an incredible combination of spices using a whisk.
Add the spices to the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Baking Powder is a magical ingredient.
Save a couple of tablespoons of the Spice mixture before adding it to the flour. After the chicken comes out of the frying, you will season the chicken one more time with the spice mixture.
Third Step: Flour, the Chicken
Remove the chicken from the marinade one piece at a time and dip it into the flour and spices mixture. Place the chicken on a large baking sheet. DO NOT allow the chicken pieces to touch each other.
Four Step: Rest the Chicken
Flour the chicken and allow it to rest for 15 minutes in a large pan. Do not let it touch each other. If you have room in your refrigerator, place the large baking sheet in it for 15 minutes.
Fifth Step: Flour the Chicken One More Time
After 15 minutes, dip the chicken back into the flour mixture and allow it to rest again for 15 minutes. If you have room in your refrigerator, place it in it for 15 minutes.
Sixth Step: Heat Up Oil to fry Chicken
Heat enough oil for frying, depending on what you are using to fry the chicken in. You need enough oil to submerge completely, and completely cover the chicken.
Allow the oil to heat to 375 degrees. The temperature will drop as soon as you add the chicken. For a more consistent temperature, cook the chicken in small batches. Use a thermometer to keep the oil at 375 degrees F.
When deep-frying, use an oil that has a high smoke point. Most of the time, I use corn oil, but any of these oils will work well, including peanut, canola, corn, safflower, and sunflower oil.
Seventh Step: Cook Chicken
Cook chicken about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the fryer.
Test for Doneness
The chicken will float when it is done but use a thermometer to be 100% certain. Insert the instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken without touching the bone.
- The breast should read 170 degrees F.
- Thighs and legs should read 180 degrees F.
Eight Step: Drain & Season The Chicken
Remove the chicken with tongs on to a large baking sheet lined with paper towels.
Once the chicken is done, season it thoroughly as soon as it comes out of the hot grease.
While the other chicken is cooking, transfer your cooked drained and seasoned chicken to a large baking pan. Heat your oven to 300 degrees and place the chicken in it.
Serve hot and with honey, if you want a real treat!
Drizzle Fried Chicken With Honey
My favorite way to eat fried chicken is with a little honey drizzled on it. The sweetness with the crunch and flavor of the chicken is indeed the best food ever.
I have fried many a chicken in my cast iron dutch oven, but it is so much crispier, safer, and easier to fry in this Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer. If you have a crowd to feed why not fry some chicken, everyone will love it, and it cooks in minutes in this electric fryer.
Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer
You will love this Butterball Electric Turkey Fryer. When I am frying food, I am always concerned about the dangers it may cause. I was not afraid to cook anything in this Electric Butterball Fryer. This Butterball electric fryer was much safer than using a propane gas fryer or even my cast iron dutch oven.
When frying food, please be careful! Keep small children and animals away from the grease.
Tips When Pan Fried Chicken
- For the best results, cook your chicken in smaller batches. Do not overcrowd your chicken in your skillet.
- Use a well seasoned cast-iron dutch oven. Dutch ovens are deeper than a skillet, which makes it better for frying.
- Drain your chicken on a paper towel.
- Place the chicken on a rack that has been set on a baking sheet.
- Put the chicken in a 300-degree oven to keep it warm.
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Best-Ever Fried Chicken Recipe!
- 8 pieces chicken one whole chicken
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoon paprika
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 3 teaspoons celery salt celery salt
- 3 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 3 teaspoons oregano
- 1/2 cup hot sauce this chicken is NOT spicy
- 3 teaspoons thyme
- 3 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
- 1- quart buttermilk to marinate chicken
- Enough Oil for frying depending on what you are using to fry the chicken in. You need enough oil to cover the chicken.
- Instructions for Cooking Best Fried Chicken
- The day before you are going to fry the chicken, place the chicken in a couple of large ziplock bags.
- Add the chicken, buttermilk, and hot sauce.
- Place the chicken in the refrigerator overnight.
- Mix the seasonings.
- Remove one tablespoon of seasoning and save it for later.
- Add the season into the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. I mix it together with a whisk.
- Remove the chicken one piece at a time from the buttermilk.
- Flour each piece of chicken in every crease of the chicken.
- Leave it to rest on a large baking sheet. Place chicken in the refrigerator if possible.
- After 15 minutes, flour the chicken again.
- Allow the oil to heat to 375 degrees. The temperature will drop as soon as you add the chicken.
- Cook chicken about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the chicken with tongs on to a large baking sheet that has been lined with paper towels.
- Season the chicken as soon as it comes out of the oven with the remaining tablespoon of seasoning mixture.
- Serve hot and with honey, if you want a real treat!
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