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Crispy Fried Chicken

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3-1/2 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a large shallow dish, combine 2-2/3 cups flour, 2 tablespoons garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, 2-1/2 teaspoons pepper and 2-1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning. In another shallow dish, beat eggs and 1-1/2 cups water; add 1 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1-1/3 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then place in the flour mixture, a few pieces at a time. Turn to coat.
  • In a deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Working in batches, fry chicken, several pieces at a time, until golden brown and a thermometer inserted into chicken reads 165°, about 7-8 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

Fried Chicken Tips

How long does chicken take to fry?

Typically, chicken should be fried for about 7-8 minutes per side. But keep in mind that pieces can vary in size and thickness. The chicken is fully cooked when the thickest part of the meat registers at 165° and the skin is crispy and dark golden-brown in color.

What oil should I use for frying?

Neutral oils like canola, vegetable and peanut oil have higher smoke points, making them ideal for frying chicken. Learn more about selecting the right oil for frying.

Should you soak chicken in milk before frying?

Yes, we recommend soaking chicken in milk before frying! Brining the chicken in buttermilk before frying will give you moist and juicy results. The acid in the buttermilk helps break down the protein in the chicken, creating tender meat. Try this method with this picnic fried chicken recipe. Be sure to check out these 30 minute chicken recipes, too!
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 543 calories, 33g fat (7g saturated fat), 137mg cholesterol, 798mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 41g protein.


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  • Aqsa
    Sep 12, 2020

    best recepie i also make this chek my recepie

  • pammy54
    Aug 20, 2020

    This recipe is the bomb! The only thing I do different is add a little cayenne pepper to the flour mix, since we like a little kick of heat.

  • Debra
    Aug 16, 2020

    Going to try it tomorrow. Please tell what brand the electric deep fryer you are using.

  • Amanda
    Aug 10, 2020

    Chicken was great. The batter was missing a bit of a kick. I have never made fried chicken before, but it was easy enough and i will make again tweaking a little at a time. Many of the other recipes that I've read say you should marinate in buttermilk first. I will do that too next time

  • Monya
    Jun 26, 2020

    super tasty

  • Tim
    Jun 18, 2020

    I did find that replacing the poultry seasoning with Webers Kickin Chicken added the little extra umph!

  • KarenKeefe
    Jun 14, 2020

    Our family loved this chicken!

  • Pam
    Jun 5, 2020

    This is the best fried chicken recipe that I've ever had! You may need to add more seasoning. The chicken has a wonderful crispy skin and it crunches in your mouth just like KFC! The chicken is juicy and delicious. My picky kids love it.

  • Adele
    May 24, 2020

    It would appear that there are not enough good reviews of this to convince me to try it. I'll stick with oven-baked, coated chicken.

  • Sheila
    May 23, 2020

    Yes I have used several of taste home recipes and not once have I been disappointed. I'm about to try your chicken recipe tonight. Thank you!