|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 31g||40%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||55%|
|Total Carbohydrate 25g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||3%|
|Total Sugars 2g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This fried chicken recipe makes enough for about 8 people. For best results, fry the chicken breasts separately at a slightly lower temperature, around 325 F to 330 F.
Keep pieces of chicken warm in a 200 F oven while you fry subsequent batches.
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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup milk
Vegetable shortening, canola or peanut oil, for frying
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
2 (2 1/2- to 3-pound) frying chickens, cut into pieces
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a heavy, brown paper bag or large food storage bag, combine the flour, salt, and pepper; shake to blend well.
Pour the milk into a wide shallow bowl.
Heat 2 to 3 inches of shortening or canola oil in a deep heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon drippings.
When the oil registers about 350 F on a thermometer, you're ready to fry.
Dip some of the chicken pieces into the milk.
Then place in the bag and shake to coat evenly.
Arrange the chicken pieces in the fat, making sure not to overcrowd.
Fry the chicken until outside is golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes, turning once to brown both sides.
Reduce heat to 325 F and fry until cooked through golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Turn once.
Drain chicken on brown paper or paper towels, adding a little more shortening and bacon grease if necessary, setting or regulating the temperature as for the first batch.
Transfer the chicken to a large platter for serving.
Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!
- The best way to check for doneness is to use an instant-read thermometer. Chicken should be cooked to at least 165 F.
- If you don't have a thermometer prick the chicken with a fork, the juices should run clear with no pink.