Thanks Paula Deen (FoodTV) for the best fried chicken I have ever made! It has a nice, savory flavor and a coating that has just the right amount of crispiness. It was a good thing I had an extra cut-up chicken in the refrigerator because my family was begging for it again the next day. Although it calls for what seems like a lot of hot pepper sauce, it isn't any spicier than Jack-In-the Box's Spicy Crispy Chicken--you can take it!! FYI I made this using 10 pounds of wings--enough of the hot sauce/egg mixture to cover, but you will need to double flour mixture if you want to do this much. I'm not saying it tastes like KFC--only that you won't be doing business with them anymore.
- 2 lbs cut-up chicken
- 4 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1 cup hot sauce (I use Louisiana Hot Sauce, Tabasco might be hotter)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- Heat peanut oil in a large deep pot to 350°F (do not fill more than half full--you don't want a hot-oil spill-over accident!).
- For sauce mixture: in a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs with the water.
- Add hot sauce and whisk together well.
- Pour this mixture into a large plastic zip-top bag.
- For seasoning mixture: In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
- For dredging mixture: In a another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Rinse and pat dry chicken pieces with a paper towel.
- Cut breast pieces in half across ribs.
- Sprinkle chicken generously on both sides with seasoning blend.
- Drop a few chicken pieces of chicken into bag of sauce mixture and squish around to coat thoroughly.
- One piece at a time, roll chicken in flour mixture and drop into hot oil.
- Don't crowd chicken pieces--I cook about half the chicken at a time.
- Fry chicken until brown and crisp.
- Drain on paper toweling.
- Dark meat will take about 14 minutes, white meat about 10 minutes.
- Remember smaller pieces cook faster than the larger ones.
- You can check for doneness by piercing to the bone in the thickest part with a fork.
- If the juices run clear, it is done.