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    Perfect Fried Chicken

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    24 hrs 40 mins

    24 hrs

    40 mins

    southern chef in louisiana's Note:

    This is Martha Stewart's very own recipe for fried chicken. You can cut the recipe in half if only using one chicken.

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    1. 1
      Combine the butter milk 1/4 cup of salt, and the Tabasco sauce in a air tight container. Add the chicken turning to coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
    2. 2
      Preheat the oven to 200°F.
    3. 3
      Combine flour, 5 teaspoons of salt, and the peppers in a paper bag. Shake to mix. One at a time, add the chicken pieces to the bag and coat with flour. Set coated pieces on a tray.
    4. 4
      Preheat shortening in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F.
    5. 5
      Place the thighs and drumsticks in the grease. Fry until coating is dark golden on the bottom (10-14 minutes). Then using tongs turn the chicken over and cook until dark golden brown again (another 10 to 14 minutes). Drain on paper bag or several layers of paper towels.
    6. 6
      Transfer the cooked pieces to cookie sheet. Put in oven to keep warm while frying remaining chicken.
    7. 7
      Remove any bits and pieces left in the oil before frying rest of chicken in the same way.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 04, 2007


      This is only recipe I have ever use for fried chicken, and the only one I will ever use! It is exactly what I look for in fried chicken: tasty, crunchy crust and flavorful chicken.

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    • on October 08, 2006


      I didnt' use the Cayenne pepper, but did use the Tabasco sauce and it was so Yummy. I was afraid at first the Tabasco sauce would make it hot, and that was not the case at all. My son hates spicy food and i was making it for him. It wasn't spicy, it was PERFECT. Thank you so much. Delicious!

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    • on May 25, 2004


      I let this sit overnight. This was so good. Nice and crisp the way we like it. I let it stand in the frige after coating it in flour. Then before frying i coated it again. I only fried it about 5 minutes on each side, i finished the cooking in the oven for about 30 minutes. Great taste. thanks; Case

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Fried Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (533 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1909.7
    Calories from Fat 1488
    Total Fat 165.3 g
    Saturated Fat 47.5 g
    Cholesterol 255.1 mg
    Sodium 5288.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 36.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 68.3 g

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