Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe
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Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

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Always a picnic favorite, this recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call this my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —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 large 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

Nutritional Facts

2 pieces: 469 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 1738mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.


  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 and the remaining flour and pepper. 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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willowrae User ID: 7988412 267453
Reviewed May. 29, 2017

"This is the best fried chicken recipe I have ever tried."

Melissa User ID: 9114797 263706
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2017

"I really liked the batter. But I have to ask, what is the water for? I'm not a savvy chef and follow directions because I have to. I was expecting milk or something, but the egg and water was so runny. Otherwise, I thought it was really good."

Danny User ID: 9114154 263668
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

"Excellent recipe. Added mashed potatoes and pan gravy for great Sunday meal."

Colleen User ID: 9103135 263210
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2017

"Fantastic!!!!! I made this today. Followed the recipe EXACTLY! This is the best fried chicken I've had in a very long time. This will be my new fried chicken recipe for years to come!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!"

Judi User ID: 7967905 261842
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2017

"When I was a manager for KFC, we made Extra Krispy by "double-dipping". Floured (with the "secret recipe"), then dipped into the milk mixture, then floured again before deep frying."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 261678
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2017

"This was one of the best fried chicken recipes I've tried. The batter is much thicker and crispier than others I've tried. I used boneless chicken breasts, and they turned out delicious."

missteddybear User ID: 8940173 259504
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2017

"jeanemed, don't give up on the recipe. try it again, and this time stick to the recipe. do what it says."

MMMike User ID: 8156198 256471
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"This is one of my favorite coating recipes."

ohhhmeohhhmy User ID: 4351587 256106
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I made this with boneless breast tenders, using 2 Tbsp garlic powder and 1 tsp seasoned salt. It turned out great and the whole family loves it. After frying the chicken, I drained the grease through a steel strainer (catching the grease in a heat resistant bowl), used a few tsps of the grease with the remaining seasoned flour, and thinned with chicken broth to make gravy. Everything was great! Thank you for sharing!!"

chsmoak User ID: 8272977 252312
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

"My entire family loved this recipe! I made it with boneless , skinless breasts and thighs and fried it in an electric skillet to maintain exact temperature. It was full of flavor, was crispy without being greasy, and was moist and tender. I will only use this recipe for fried chicken from now on."

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