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  Shortening/Vegetable oil 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Freshly ground pepper To Taste
  Chicken 3 Pound, cut up
  Flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)

1) In a 12-inch skillet or frying pan, heat the shortening till it has hit a temperature of 360 degrees. Ensure that the pan is not filled more than half.
2) Salt and pepper the chicken generously.
3) Salt and pepper the flour as well and turn the seasoned chicken into the seasoned flour to lightly coat it.
4) Turn the chicken in the flour once again and tap off the excess, if any.
5) In the center of the skillet or frying pan, put the chicken, pieces of dark meat first, with the skin side down.
6) With white meat, surround the dark meat. Keep the skin side down. While it is alright to let the pieces touch, ensure that the pan is not crowded.
7) Loosely cover the pan.
8) Reduce the heat to moderate-high and cook the chicken for about 10 minutes, till it is dark golden in color.
9) Uncover and use tongs to turn the chicken and cook for about 10 minutes more, uncovered.

10) Place the freshly cooked chicken on a serving plate and serve while still piping hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 7520 Calories from Fat 5899

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 664 g1022%

Saturated Fat 171.2 g856.2%

Trans Fat 67.5 g

Cholesterol 911.7 mg303.9%

Sodium 908 mg37.8%

Total Carbohydrates 96 g32%

Dietary Fiber 3.6 g14.6%

Sugars 0.3 g

Protein 289 g577.6%

Vitamin A 27% Vitamin C 0.35%

Calcium 17.8% Iron 95.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Jean Sparks' Fried Chicken Recipe