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.