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Crispy Lemon-Fried Chicken

"THIS IS my husband's favorite chicken dish. He loves it done very crispy and well browned. The steps of soaking the chicken pieces in salted lemony water and re-crisping are the secrets to this recipe."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + marinating Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (2 to 3 pounds each), cut up or 16 pieces of chicken
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 2 tablespoons hot water


  • Place chicken pieces in a large bowl; add 3 teaspoons salt, lemon juice and enough water to cover chicken. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Drain thoroughly. In a resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, paprika, pepper and remaining salt. Add chicken pieces; seal bag and toss to coat.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1/2 in. of oil to 375°. Add chicken; brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat. Carefully add water; cover and cook for 20 minutes or until juices run clear. Uncover; cook 10 minutes longer or until chicken is crisp.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Mar 24, 2020

    This chicken has a great flavor. I really like the coating on it. I made mine in an air fryer and it turned out very crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

  • teri daley
    Feb 23, 2014

    This is a recipe we like. Even better the next day

  • dardar2002
    Jan 5, 2012

    Very good , i shared it ( or e.mailed ) to my bachlor sons to make. My son in Virginia loves chicken, and i knew he'd love this one. Plus it's easy to make.

  • Corrydon
    Mar 20, 2011

    I followed the instructions EXACTLY and I had crispy chicken alright - crispy and burnt to a crisp. The cooking times are WAY to long. Just not worth experimenting with every again. I have chicken recipes far superior to this one and

  • kaybee1974
    Aug 22, 2009

    This is hands-down the best fried chicken recipe EVER!