Basic Fried Chicken
|Broiler fryer chicken||1|
|Flour||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Bacon drippings/Part drippings and shortening||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
Cut chicken into 8 serving size piecesâ€”2 breasts, 2 wings, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks. (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.
Heat bacon drippings 1/4 inch deep in a large heavy frying pan on medium heat, or in an electric skillet to 360Â°.
Arrange chicken 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 260Â°.
Let chicken cook 20 minutes longer, or until it's richly golden and fork tender.
VARIATIONS: For added flavor, mix 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, tarragon, basil or poultry seasoning, or 1 teaspoon curry powder to the flour.
Serving size: Complete recipe
Calories 5373 Calories from Fat 3960
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 440 g676.2%
Saturated Fat 161.5 g807.3%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 1343.1 mg447.7%
Sodium 4171.6 mg173.8%
Total Carbohydrates 48 g15.9%
Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.8%
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 285 g571%
Vitamin A 42% Vitamin C 40%
Calcium 17.6% Iron 91.2%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet