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John Besh's Grandmother's Fried Chicken


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  • 1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • Canola oil


Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Salt and pepper the chicken pieces generously. Mix the flour and onion and garlic
powders together. Dip the chicken in the milk then dredge through the flour mixture to
coat well.
Heat 2 inches of canola oil in a skillet to 350ºF. Drop the chicken, in small batches, into
the oil. It’s important not to add more than one piece of chicken to the pan every couple
of minutes. The first piece will brown a good bit faster so add larger pieces first and then
the smaller ones. Fry, covered, for 10-12 minutes. Turn pieces over and cook for an
additional 8 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain and salt immediately

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