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Basic Fried Chicken

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  Broiler fryer 3 Pound
  Flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
  Bacon drippings/Part drippings and shortening 1 Cup (16 tbs)

Cut chicken into 8 serving-size pieces 2 breasts, 2 wings, 2 thighs, 2 drum sticks.
(Simmer bony back pieces to make broth for gravy, if you wish.) Wash chicken, but do not dry.
This is important so skin will take on a thick flour coating.
Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a bag.Shake pieces, a few at a time, to coat evenly all over.
Heat bacon drippings 1/4-inch deep in a large heavy frying pan on medium heat, or in an electric skillet to 360°.
Arrange chicken, without crowding, in a single layer in hot fat.
Brown slowly for 15 minutes.
When pink juices start to show on top, turn and brown the other side 15 minutes.
Slow cooking, plus turning just once, gives the chicken its crisp coating.
When pieces are browned, pile all back into pan or skillet and cover.
Lower range heat to simmer or reset control at 260°.
Let chicken cook 20 minutes longer, or until it's richly golden and fork-tender.

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Main Dish

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 5074 Calories from Fat 3771

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 419 g644%

Saturated Fat 155.5 g777.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 1238.7 mg412.9%

Sodium 4074.2 mg169.8%

Total Carbohydrates 48 g15.9%

Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.8%

Sugars 0.2 g

Protein 260 g519.2%

Vitamin A 38.1% Vitamin C 36.3%

Calcium 16% Iron 84.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Basic Fried Chicken Recipe