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Best-Ever Fried Chicken


  • 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 Eggland's Best 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


  • 1. In a shallow bowl, mix the first 6 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.
  • 2. 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 Facts

1 serving: 811 calories, 57g fat (9g saturated fat), 176mg cholesterol, 725mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 47g protein.


Average Rating:
  • aprilsusan
    Apr 23, 2019
    I liked it but not a lot of flavor. Tended to get over cooked and scalded a bit. I will keep looking for that perfect recipe
  • barkle
    Apr 15, 2019
    This is a long way from "Best-Ever". I made it as written although after reading some comments, I rounded my measuring spoons of spices. Even that was not enough. Very bland. The next day made some cream gravy for the leftover re-heated chicken and it was much better. Next time I'll wait 'till I have buttermilk in the house.
  • shannondobos
    Mar 31, 2019
    I made the recipe with the ingredients as stated, but fried it in a bit less oil just until crispy and browned on the outside, and then finished it off at 400 in the oven, uncovered with a roasting rack and pan. Everyone in my family loved it, and I will definitely make it again!
  • Brandon J.
    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.
  • redbonez51
    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;-)
  • Arleen
    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.

  • JoanieK53
    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.

  • Michelle
    Feb 9, 2018

    This was excellent, I sprinkled a little extra salt , pepper and garlic powder lightly once I pulled it from the fryer.

  • shirleywms72
    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 ;)

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