Basic Fried Chicken
- 1 chicken (approximately 4 pounds), cut into 8 pieces
- 2 cups buttermilk
- hot sauce (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 pound shortening
Adapted from meredithlaurence.com
1. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces and then submerge them in the buttermilk (with a little hot sauce if desired). A zipper sealable plastic bag works well for this.
2. Let the chicken soak in the buttermilk in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or even overnight.
3. Mix the flour, salt and spices in another zipper sealable bag.
4. Put four chicken pieces in the bag and shake around to coat. Remove from the bag, shaking off any excess flour, and let it rest on a cooling rack at room temperature. Repeat with the remaining four pieces of chicken.
5. Heat the shortening in a 12-inch heavy bottomed sauté pan. Bring the shortening to about 350 ̊F. You can use a deep-frying or candy thermometer for this. Otherwise, just dip a part of one piece of chicken in the oil when you think it is ready-it should bubble rapidly around the chicken.
6. Place the chicken pieces in the oil and cover with a lid. Reduce the heat slightly and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Then, remove the lid and flip the chicken pieces over. Cook for another 10 minutes uncovered. When the chicken is done, drain the chicken on a clean cooling rack and serve.
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence