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Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe

If you've wanted to learn how to make fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this chicken is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min./batch YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Feb. 23, 2018


Reviewed Feb. 22, 2018

"I have very picky eaters and this recipe was a hit. I used to work at a chicken place here when I was a teen & this was pretty close to how they made their chicken. I followed the instructions to the T & it came out awesome. Definitely a weekly staple in our family now."

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2018

"I plan to make this soon, but I had a question and a comment.

Comment first: Why create a serving that has more than 2x as much protein as the human body is able to process in a 4 hour period? A single chicken leg is enough protein for an entire meal for one person...the serving sizes here are a serious overkill and very unhealthy!
Which, brings me to the question: Can this be frozen once cooked? Has anyone tried freezing and reheating this recipe? I think I might try, since this recipe will yield me more than 16 meals worth of protein--which is way more than I could eat before it spoils on me.
Was wondering if par cooking it in the oven for maybe 20 minutes, then freezing and deep frying (or pan frying more likely) it after I've pulled it from the freezer. Anyone try this by chance? Anyone think it will or will not work?"

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2018

"I used a dutch oven instead of a deep fryer and just used a food thermometer to adjust the heat and keep it at 350F. I would not use a skillet because there was a fair amount of splattering from the oil, but a deeper pot should be fine. I put about an inch or two of canola oil in my dutch oven. I had an entire bird I needed to use up, so I cut it into pieces. I saw that the recipe was for two 3-4lb fryers, but I had a pretty big bird (~5lb), so I still made the entire amount. If you are also only frying 1 bird, you could definitely cut this back, because I had a lot of the batter and flour mixture left. This was exactly what I wanted--a nice crispy outside and moist and juicy inside. The flavor from the spices was subtle, not overwhelming at all. If you like really really crunchy fried chicken, I would suggest flour mixture, batter, then flour again. I liked the normal amount of batter though, it was perfect. :)"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2018

"I have a question. This sounds very good but I do not have a deep fryer. Can I just fry on my stove with a skillet?"

Reviewed Feb. 8, 2018

"I have a question. This sounds very good but I do not have a deep fryer. Can I just fry on my stove with a skillet?"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2018

"Sorry but I found recipe very bland, would not make again!!! Followed recipe exactly..."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2018

"Love this recipe! This will be my go to fried chicken recipe! EVERYONE loved it! I think those that were not in favor of this recipe, either don't know how to cook or don't know what fried chicken is supposed to taste like."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2018

"Just made this recipe exactly as written using chicken wings. I have never made fried chicken like this before. It is FANTASTIC! Very crispy! I tossed some buffalo wing sauce on the wings and they were delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2017

"I made this exactly like it said, but I forgot the chicken. Needless to say I went hungry that night. I feel like Hillary. I feel stupid just like her."

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