Best-Ever Fried Chicken
Total TimePrep: 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 large egg
- 1/3 cup whole 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.
Nutrition Facts1 serving: 811 calories, 57g fat (9g saturated fat), 176mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 47g protein.
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Dec 1, 2018
I was skeptical at first due to the lack of a nice bath in buttermilk to get the party started but the lemon juice added at least a bit of the otherwise missing tang from the usual marinade process. Best Ever ??? Nope but darn tasty and comforting that is soooooo much better than a certain Infernal Kentucky Colonel's restaurant version.
Nov 14, 2018
I added more seasonings to this. I love the idea of lemon juice haven't tasted it yet, but it's looking amazing. I have no doubts this is going to be Epic Fried Chicken lol;-)
Apr 28, 2018
I stuck to the recipe except for bumping up more of the seasonings and it came out not only looking gorgeous but very delicious! I used a deep fryer and fried chicken thighs without the skin/bone (more of a chicken fajita) and the breading "stayed" with the chicken. The hint of lemon was delicious! I'm not a home fried chicken person but this recipe has sold me on it.
Apr 18, 2018
To JoanieK53, Why would you give a low rating to something you haven't even tried?That is unfair.
Feb 19, 2018
Haven't tried this yet, but going to blend flour and seasonings. Dip chicken in buttermilk then in flour mixture and bake at 400-425 degrees till crisp and cooked through.
Feb 9, 2018
This was excellent, I sprinkled a little extra salt , pepper and garlic powder lightly once I pulled it from the fryer.
Jan 2, 2018
It was good. Next time I think I’ll add a tad bit more seasonings, but it was still good and crispy. The seasonings were a little bit of a tease ;)
Aug 17, 2017
To my mybubbarj1, "Well, duh, it's fried chicken!"
Aug 16, 2017
I season the flour with Johnnys Seasoning or Lawrys and let the pieces "rest" for about 1 hour in the fridge.I use my deep fryer/cooker outside (propane). You cannot beat this recipe. If you want the pieces extra crispy l, redip in egg/milk mix and seasoned flour. YUMMY!!!
Aug 14, 2017
This is the recipe that I have found after years of trying to be the best and most reliable. I substitute Accent for the salt. From time to time I will use Dixie Fry Chicken Seasoning mix instead of flour. Either way, Lola nailed it.If you have trouble getting the batter to stick, put battered chicken into the freezer for 15-20 min then go directly to the fryer.To change it up a little substitute pickle juice for the lemon juice.