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Best-Ever Fried Chicken

 Best-Ever Fried Chicken
There is no need for a special occasion to prepare this chicken recipe, because it makes every occasion special! When I was growing up, my parents had a farm, and every year, Dad would hire teenage boys to help by haying time. They looked forward to coming because they knew they would be treated to Mom's delicious fried chicken. —Lola Clifton, Vinton, Virginia
4 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a shallow bowl, mix the first six ingredients. In a separate
  • shallow bowl, whisk egg, milk and lemon juice until blended. Dip
  • chicken in flour mixture to coat all sides; shake off excess. Dip in
  • egg mixture, then again in flour mixture.
  • In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry
  • chicken, a few pieces at a time, 6-10 minutes on each side or until
  • golden brown and chicken juices run clear. Drain on paper towels.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 811 calories, 57 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 176 mg cholesterol, 725 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 47 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.