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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 1 - Gather the Ingredients
These step-by-step photos will show you how to make fried chicken that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
First, you will need to gather your ingredients. You will need:
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- 1 3 pound chicken (cut up, or 3 pounds of bone-in chicken pieces)
- 1 quart buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 2 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- peanut oil, canola oil or grapeseed oil for frying
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 2 - Prepare the Buttermilk Marinade
Whisk together the buttermilk, salt and hot sauce.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 3 - Add the Chicken
Add the chicken pieces to the buttermilk marinade, turning with tongs to coat well. Refrigerate 8 to 24 hours.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 4 - Set Up a Breading Station
Remove the chicken from the refrigerator. Place the flour in a shallow dish next to the chicken. Place a rack over a baking sheet. Set it next to the flour. This is your breading station.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 5 - Coat the Chicken with Flour
Using tongs, lift each piece of chicken out of the buttermilk mixture. Dip into the flour, turning to coat well. Then set on the rack to rest.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 6 - Let the Chicken Rest
Let the chicken rest on the rack for 15 to 20 minutes. This is important because it helps the batter adhere to the chicken, which will form a crust.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 7 - Fry the Chicken
Pour the oil into an electric skillet or a cast-iron pot. Bring the oil to 350 F.
An electric skillet works well for frying chicken, because it maintains the proper temperature throughout the cooking process. That helps the chicken form a crispy crust without drying out or becoming overcooked.
Fry the chicken 9 to 10 minutes on each side.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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How to Make Fried Chicken Step 8 - Enjoy!
Transfer the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Enjoy!