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I have used this recipe for nearly 30 years. It's always turned out great for me. It's important to dry the chicken pieces after rinsing so that the flour/and or/batter will adhere to the chicken. After frying, it's important to drain the chicken well on brown paper bags, and to salt the chicken when first placed on the paper bags. Note: Peanut oil is the best type of oil to use for frying, as peanut oil has a higher smoking point of any other oils. That allows the chicken to cook at higher temperatures without burning.
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- 2 1/2-3 lbs broiler-fryer chickens, cut into serving size pieces
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
- 3/4 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packaged corn flake crumbs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika (or more)
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- peanut oil (for frying, you can use Crisco, or any oil you prefer)
- 1Rinse the chicken pieces and dry thoroughly with the paper towels.
- 2Pour milk (Undiluted) into a large pie plate. Dip chicken into milk.
- 3In a clean brown paper bag, combine flour, cornflake crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika, if using. Then shake chicken, a few pieces at a time, in crumb mixture in the bag, coating well.
- 4Pour peanut oil, or whichever oil you prefer. (I use peanut oil because it has a greater smoking point than other oils).into pan at about 1/2-inch deep, may need more.
- 5Heat the oil slowly.
- 6Brown the chicken lightly, turning with tongs.
- 7Cover; reduce heat; cook 40 to 45 minutes, turning occasionally to ensure even browning.
- 8Remove cover; cook 5 minutes longer to crisp the crust.
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Nutritional Facts for Perfect Fried Chicken
Serving Size: 1 (337 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 743.5
- Calories from Fat 401
- Total Fat 44.6 g
- Saturated Fat 13.2 g
- Cholesterol 218.9 mg
- Sodium 1422.1 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
- Sugars 0.5 g
- Protein 57.0 g