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"Crawfish Boil" Fried Chicken


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  • 2 3 1/2 to 4 pound chickens (8 pieces each)
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • 4 tablespoons Zatarain's Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil (available in the specialty section of some grocery stores and online)
  • 3 cups flour (divided)
  • 3 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (various brands are available in the specialty section of some grocery stores and online)



Step 1

Combine the chicken, water and crab boil in a large pot and marinate chicken overnight or at least 16 hours.

Remove chicken from brine and pat the skin dry. Combine 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and coat the chicken with the mixture. Place coated chicken on a sheet pan in a single layer and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (this will help pull excess water from the chicken and create a crispier skin).

Season 2 cups of flour with 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning. Toss the chicken in the new flour mixture to coat liberally and shake off excess flour. Fry chicken at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes. Strain and season with more salt and pepper to taste.

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