I made the recipe exactly. The batter was thick and it wasn't crispy for me. It reminded me of something you do with your chicken when make chicken batter for Chinese recipes - like sweet and sour chicken. Anyway, I then just did the first step - without the batter AND the chicken was fantastic! It was crispy and perfect. My husband said that I need to write this recipe down because it was the best fried chicken he has ever had. Thank you for sharing!