Crispy Southern Fried Chicken
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Do you ever dream of the perfect fried chicken? Perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Not to mention that delicious crunchy Southern-style flavor that makes your mouth water with every bite.
Well, look no further–this is THE recipe! With our easy steps and simple ingredients, you’ll be dishing up delicious southern fried chicken in no time flat. Let’s get crackin’!
If you are a fan of fried chicken, you will surely love this recipe. It is very simple and quick to prepare, and it ensures that it will be the crunchiest chicken you have ever tasted. It combines all the ingredients to give you flavor, smoothness, and an unmatched texture.
Very easy to prepare! And a very crispy chicken recipe!
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What is the best type of chicken for a Southern Fried Chicken recipe?
We love to make southern fried chicken with bone-in chicken thighs. Leave the skin on for the ultimate fried chicken flavor! You could also get away with boneless chicken or even chicken breasts, but keep in mind that the juiciness is going to vary some.
What is the best cooking oil for Southern Fried Chicken?
Regular vegetable oil, canola, oil, or peanut oil are our favorites. They will fry the chicken beautifully and will leave you with golden brown chicken that is hard to resist.
What type of seasoning is best for Southern Fried Chicken?
We like to use poultry seasoning because it adds a fantastic flavor. Pairing that with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, you’ll have the best southern fried chicken recipe ever!
It’s fine to use other seasonings if you’d like. Use whatever you have on hand and already like.
What ingredients are needed for a Southern Fried Chicken recipe?
- Chicken thighs
- Self-Rising flour
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Chicken soup base
- Poultry seasoning
How to make Crispy Southern Fried Chicken:
Step 1. Mix together 2 cups of water in a dish.
Then, add 2 tbsp salt.
Then, add the chicken. Brine the chicken for at least 1 hour.
Step 2. Remove the chicken from the brine.
Step 3. Mix together the egg and milk in a shallow bowl.
Step 4. On a plate, combine the self-rising flour, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, soup base, and poultry seasoning. Stir to combine well.
Step 5. Coat the chicken in the flour mixture.
Then dip it into the egg mixture.
Finally, coat it again in the flour mixture.
Step 6. Heat the oil in a deep-sided skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. You want the oil to be about 375 degrees.
Step 7. Cook the chicken for about 7-8 minutes on each side until completely cooked through with an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
Step 8. Drain the excess oil from the chicken on a paper towel-lined plate before serving.
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Crispy Southern Fried Chicken
- 4 Bone in and skin on chicken thighs
- 2 Tbsp. Salt
- 2 C. Water
- 1 Large egg
- 1 ½ C. Milk
- 1 ½ C. Self rising flour
- ½ tsp. Garlic powder
- 2 tsp. Onion powder
- ¼ tsp. Black pepper
- 2 tsp. Chicken soup base
- 2 tsp. Poultry seasoning
- Oil for frying
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- Mix together the 2 tbsp salt and 2 cups of water in a dish, and add the chicken. Brine the chicken for at least 1 hour.
- Remove the chicken from the brine.
- Mix together the egg and milk in a shallow bowl.
- On a plate, combine the self rising flour, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, soup base and poultry seasoning. Stir to combine well.
- Coat the chicken in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg mixture, and finally coat it again in the flour mixture.
- Heat the oil in a deep sided skillet over medium high heat on the stove. You want the oil to be about 375 degrees.
- Cook the chicken for about 7-8 minutes on each side until completely cooked through with an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.
- Drain the excess oil from the chicken on a paper towel lined plate before serving.
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How long should chicken be marinated for a Southern Fried Chicken recipe?
If you have time, it is best to allow the chicken to brine for 1 hour. It will give the southern fried chicken a fantastic texture and the flavor is going to be insane. You can leave it marinating up to 12 hours if time allows.
What is the ideal temperature for frying Southern Fried Chicken?
The oil needs to be hot when you start frying the chicken. It should be 375 degrees. It’s important to not have it too hot or too cool because it will affect the outcome of the chicken.
How long should Southern Fried Chicken be cooked for?
It cooks pretty quickly and will need to fry for at least 7-8 minutes on each side. Then you’ll need to test the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. It should be 165 degrees F. before you pull it out of the oil to drain.
What type of flour is best for Southern Fried Chicken?
Self-rising flour gives the southern fried chicken a crispy texture. You could also use regular flour, but it’s a good idea to sprinkle in a little bit of baking powder and extra salt. For every cup of flour, you will need ¼ teaspoon of salt as well as 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder.
How should Southern Fried Chicken be served?
Serve it with all your favorite sides! Here are our go-to dishes:
- Mashed Potatoes
- French Fries
- Corn on the cob
- Homemade chicken gravy
- Green beans
- Baked Beans
- Mac and cheese
Should Southern Fried Chicken be eaten hot or cold?
Most people like it hot and fresh, however, it is also a picnic staple all over the world! As long as you cook it to 165 degrees F. and refrigerate it after it has cooled, you are safe to eat it cold.
What is the best way to store Southern Fried Chicken?
Store the southern fried chicken in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It lasts up to 4 days in the fridge.
How long will Southern Fried Chicken stay fresh?
It will last about 4 days in the fridge.
What tips should be followed when making Southern Fried Chicken?
- Sprinkle in your favorite seasonings into the flour mixture. This allows you to customize the recipe.
- Don’t skip bringing the chicken because it adds flavor as well as keeps it moist.
- Keep an eye on the temperature. Don’t overcook it or it will become dried out. Also, be sure not to undercook it either. Once it is 165 degrees F. take it out of the oil.
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