The Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken


6 large eggs

kosher salt

3 cup all-purpose flour

1⁄2 cup cornstarch

1 Tbsp 11⁄2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp crushed red pepper

freshly ground black pepper

3 lb 8 oz chicken, cut into 8 pieces

vegetable oil, for frying


In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, crushed red pepper, 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.

Pat the chicken pieces dry. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in the seasoned flour. Dip the coated chicken in the egg, then dredge again in the seasoned flour and transfer to the baking sheet.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 3/4 inch of oil to 360°. Set a rack over another baking sheet. Fry half of the chicken over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted nearest the bone registers 165°, about 15 minutes. Transfer to the rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Serve right away.

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