How To Make Southern Fried Chicken

Southern fried chicken, with its deliciously crispy coating and spicy taste, is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Plus, it's an easy dish to make for large groups.

Step 1

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Whole chicken
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Cajun spice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 large bowls
  • Deep fryer or large frying pan
  • Tongs or slotted spoon
  • Wire rack

Step 2

Prepare the chicken. First clean the chicken and cut it into pieces (thigh, drumstick, and breast).

Step 3

Season the chicken. Place the chicken in a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. You don't need to worry about how much total seasoning you need; there will always be some that does not stick to the chicken. Then add 2 cups of milk over the chicken. Mix it around so all of the seasonings are incorporated into the milk, and then let the mixture sit for at least an hour. This allows time for the seasonings to soak into the meat.

Step 4

Prepare to fry. First, cut the onion into 4 large pieces, and mince the garlic clove. Heat the oil on high heat in the frying pan, and add the garlic and onion into the oil. Leave these in while you cook the chicken; they will turn black and should not be eaten, but will impart some extra flavor on the chicken. The oil should be approximately 425 degrees when you fry the chicken.

Step 5

Prepare the coating. Beat a few eggs, and then add salt, black pepper, Cajun spice, onion powder, and garlic powder to the eggs. Also prepare a bowl of plain flour. Roll the chicken in the regular flour, then in the egg mixture, then in regular flour again.

Step 6

Fry the chicken. Carefully drop the chicken into the hot oil. Be very careful, as the oil is very hot and may splatter. Fry until the chicken turns golden brown on both sides. This should take around 15 minutes.

Step 7

Remove from the oil. When the chicken is golden brown, remove using tongs or a slotted spoon. Place on a wire rack to drain the excess oil. If you have not made fried chicken before, cut the first few pieces open to make sure they are done in the middle. If they aren't, return to the oil for a few more minutes.

Step 8

Serve. When all of the chicken pieces are done frying, give them a light dusting of salt and Cajun spice. Serve hot with biscuits, coleslaw, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, or potato salad.

Southern fried chicken is tender, juicy, and flavorful. You can use any combination of the spices, in any amounts, to flavor the chicken. Many people also add cayenne powder or dried parsley or thyme, or replace the milk with buttermilk.


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