- 1 broiler-fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces (you want the skin on, trust me, and if you buy a whole chicken and cut it up yourself you save a bun)
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup flour, for dredging
- vegetable shortening, for frying
Directions See How It's Made
- Place chicken pieces into a plastic container and cover with buttermilk.
- Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours .
- Drain chicken in a colander.
- Combine salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
- Liberally season chicken with this mixture.
- Then, dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess (by seasoning before you flour, you trap the seasoning under the flour coating, and you use a lot less seasoning than if you tried to put it in the flour and hope it catches on the chicken).
- Melt enough shortening (over low heat) to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy fry pan.
- Once shortening liquefies raise heat to 325 degrees F.
- Do not allow oil to go over 325 degrees F.
- Place chicken skin side down into the pan.
- Put thighs in the center (they take longer to cook and can use the extra center heat), and breast and legs around the edge of the pan.
- The oil should come half way up the pan once the chicken is added.
- Cook chicken until golden brown on each side, approximately 10-12 minutes per side.
- The internal temperature should be right around 180 degrees.
- (Be careful to monitor shortening temperature every few minutes).
- Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan, NOT on paper towels or brown paper bags which just cause the chicken to soak in their own oil.
- If you need to hold the chicken before serving, cover loosely with foil but avoid holding in a warm oven, especially if it?.
- s a gas oven, which is very moist and will ruin your beautiful chicken crust!