Basic Fried Chicken

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Yes, folks, this is the real thing and I know that some of you are going to yell at me about the frying. But no one is forced to make this (unless your kids tasted this at my house!) and everyone likes a little indulgence now and then. (Everything in moderation…)

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons paprika
3 eggs
1/3 cup soy milk or nondairy creamer
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 chicken, cut in 1/8th’s
Oil for frying

Stir together flour and paprika and place on flat plate. Whisk together eggs, soy milk and lemon juice. Dredge chicken in flour and then dip in egg mixture. Place on a baking sheet and chill for 1 hour (this is the secret step!) Pour oil into a large skillet – electric or otherwise. The oil should be about 2 inches deep. Heat and add chicken when sizzling. Fry for about 10 minutes on each side – until golden brown. Reduce heat, cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Drain on paper towel.

Alternatively, after frying 10 minutes on each side, drain immediately on paper towels. Remove from paper towels and place in a baking pan in a preheated 350 degree oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

10 thoughts on “Basic Fried Chicken

  1. Im excited to try this.. I like to prepare dinner while the kids are in school. Can I prepare it in the morning, and keep it in the fridge till Im ready to fry it ??

  2. On the fried chicken recipe you di the chicken in the egg mixture last, then chill it..Is that correct, or should the chicken cbe dipped in the egg mixture, and flour mixture last?

  3. The instructions to put the flour on first, then the egg mixture, is the most important step. It will not work well the other way around if you put the egg mixture first, because you will end up with dried flour on the outside, which burns and is tasteless.

    My chicken was already cold from marinating in salt and pepper overnight, so it did not seem to hurt for me to refrigerate for only about 10 min after coating the chicken. I used peanut oil to cook the chicken and for the first time, I got a nice crispy crust.

    I will play with different seasonings for the egg and flour mixtures to maximize flavor.

  4. It says to put the chicken on for 10 mins. on each side… So that means what should the fire number be on ? High or medium I don’t want to have burnt fr chicken.

    • Since the oil needs to be sizzling, the fire needs to be on the high side; if it’s start to get too dark, just turn the flame down slightly. Enjoy!

  5. where is the butter milk for marination, as u get the best results after the lactic acid re acts with chicken protein, so marinade in butter milk.

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