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Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe
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Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

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Always a picnic favorite, this fried chicken is delicious hot or cold. —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2-2/3 cups flour, garlic salt, paprika, 2-1/2 teaspoons pepper and poultry seasoning. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and water; add salt, pepper and remaining flour. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then place in the bag, a few pieces at a time. Seal bag and shake to coat.
  2. In a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry chicken, several pieces at a time, for 5-6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and juices run clear. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Crispy Fried Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 1997, p18

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

I prepared this recipe for 12 couples tonight and they were smackin lips and lickin fingers! Just a couple of hints or helpful suggestions. After letting chicken sit in egg mixture I placed it in a colander with pan underneath and drained a few minutes. I found that a large bowl with cover worked better for the shaking in flour mixture. (probably because I was doing 48 I then used my commercial fryers at 375* and timed the breasts at 11 minutes and the thighs, legs & wings @ 10 minutes and cooked all 48 pounds. When the guests arrived it was easy to then re-drop the pieces for 2 minutes and 10 seconds for quick plate service. I may be adding this recipe to my menu!!!!

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

You need to use an electric fry pan with maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch of oil. I let the chicken sit for maybe 45 minutes before frying. Very easy and good.

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

It says to turn chicken in the fryer after 5-6 minutes. Are they using a deep fryer or an electric fry pan?

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

I grew up making fried chicken, but haven't prepared it in years. I realized my 4 year old grandson had never tasted this classic dish before, so I tried this recipe which is very similar to the one my Mom made. It was fantastic! I highly recommend this recipe, and will make again, this time increasing the amount of paprika. Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe for my favorite childhood dish!

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

This was the best fried chicken I have ever made.

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