Oven-Fried Chicken the Barefoot Contessa Way

Recipe by Scoutie
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READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the flour, salt, and pepper (and other spices if using) in a large bowl.
  • Take the chicken out of the buttermilk and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture.
  • Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1-inch and heat to 360 degrees F on a thermometer.
  • Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden brown (it will continue to brown in the oven). Don't crowd the pieces.
  • Remove the chicken from the oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan.
  • Allow the oil to return to 360 degrees F before frying the next batch.
  • When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Serve hot.
  • Prep time does not include the overnight bath in buttermilk.
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