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Frank's Southern Fried Chicken

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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  35 Minutes
  4 servings
Here is my version of authentic yardbird, otherwise known as, Southern fried chicken.
1 whole fresh chicken
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh finely ground black pepper
Peanut oil (for deep-frying)
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Rinse chicken under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels. Cut chicken into 9 pieces (2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breasts, 2 wings, and 1 or 2 pieces from the back). Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a large paper bag.

Add enough oil to a 2-inch-deep cast iron skillet to come 2/3 up sides of skillet (about 2 cups of oil). Heat oil over medium-high heat until deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Add 2 chicken pieces to flour mixture in bag; fold bag to enclose. Shake until chicken is well-coated. Transfer coated chicken pieces to rack. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.

Using tongs, carefully add chicken legs and thighs to hot oil. Fry until chicken is golden on the outside, and chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer fried chicken to clean dry towels on rack to drain. Repeat with remaining breast, wing and back pieces (breasts will be done in about 3 minutes per side). Sprinkle fried chicken with salt and pepper. Transfer to platter and serve immediately.

For a crispier crust, mix 2 large eggs with 1 tablespoon water in large bowl. Add the chicken pieces and soak them before coating with flour mixture.

Recipe created exclusively for by Frank Stitt, III.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   4 servings
Calories: 427
Fat. Total: 12g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 36g
Sodium: 598mg
% Cal. from Fat: 25%
Cholesterol: 115mg
Protein: 40g
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Rating: 4
by: Carman, IL Reviewed: 07/20/2008
I'm sorry Ed but this chicken was just way too bland and greasy for me. I'm a good ole southern girl and LOVE my friend chicken, but this was a miss for me. I coated the chicken w/ egg and dregged through flower. I even added Emerils chicken rub and it was STILL too bland. I'm not sure. Maybe I did something wrong????
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