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    Hometown Buffet Fried Chicken (Copycat)

    Hometown Buffet Fried Chicken (Copycat). Photo by The Spice Guru

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    Total Time:

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    1 hr 30 mins

    30 mins

    1 hr

    The Spice Guru's Note:

    My reverse-engineered recipe for one of my favorites, Hometown Buffet's "Hand-Breaded Fried Chicken". PLEASE NOTE: The Nutritional Information listing here is inaccurate -- since only a fraction of flour, salt and eggs actually end up in the finished product. So be aware -- the suggested sodium, sugar, carbohydrate and calorie levels are ridiculously exaggerated!

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    Serves: 4-6


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    Units: US | Metric



    • 4 beaten large eggs




    1. 1
      SPRINKLE chicken pieces with salt and pepper; RUB seasonings into chicken; COAT chicken with pure vegetable shortening (this will help seal in the juices).
    2. 2
      MEASURE the BREADING ingredients -- except flour and cornstarch -into a large sealable container or a large zip-lock bag; SEAL the container; SHAKE to blend; OPEN container and add 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup cornstarch; SEAL and shake again, until thoroughly combined.
    3. 3
      BEAT 4 large eggs in a medium bowl for the EGGWASH.
    4. 4
      DIP 1-2 pieces wet chicken at a time into the EGGWASH to coat.
    5. 5
      PLACE wet chicken into the BREADING mixture container; SEAL container firmly; SHAKE chicken gently in all motions to thoroughly coat chicken.
    6. 6
      TRANSFER chicken pieces onto a cooling rack when chicken is evenly and generously breaded; ALLOW chicken to rest and absorb the breading for a few minutes before frying.
    7. 7
      PREHEAT deep-fryer manufacturer's recommended amount of canola oil; VERY SLOWLY heat oil in gradual increments to 315°F until preheated.
    8. 8
      ADD breaded chicken to the elevated fry basket in deep-fryer without crowding.
    9. 9
      LOWER the deep-frying basket with chicken very slowly into the hot oil; FRY chicken until golden and crisp, until fully cooked fully cooked and juices run clear (about 15-18 minutes, depending on chicken portion/size).
    10. 10
      DRAIN on a wire rack over a baking sheet. NOTE: To keep chicken warm before serving, place chicken on a rack-fitted baking sheet covered with a sheet of foil in preheated 170°F oven; SERVE and enjoy!

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    Nutritional Facts for Hometown Buffet Fried Chicken (Copycat)

    Serving Size: 1 (212 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 746.4
    Calories from Fat 320
    Total Fat 35.6 g
    Saturated Fat 10.3 g
    Cholesterol 336.0 mg
    Sodium 214.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 52.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 49.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    Lawry's Seasoned Salt

    lemon pepper

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