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Southern Fried Chicken

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MyCookbook Member: pairey
Recipe Category: Poultry
Recipe Preparation Level: easy

    Fried Chicken

    Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

    1 broiler/fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
    2 cups low fat buttermilk
    2 tablespoons kosher salt
    2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
    2 teaspoons garlic powder
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    Flour, for dredging
    Vegetable shortening, for frying

    Place chicken pieces into a plastic container and cover with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

    Melt enough shortening (over low heat) to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy fry pan. Once
    shortening liquefies raise heat to 325 degrees F. Do not allow oil to go over 325 degrees F.

    Drain chicken in a colander. Combine salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Liberally season chicken with this
    mixture. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

    Place chicken skin side down into the pan. Put thighs in the center, and breast and legs around the edge of the pan. The oil
    should come half way up the pan. Cook chicken until golden brown on each side, approximately 10 to 12 minutes per side.
    More importantly, the internal temperature should be right around 180 degrees. (Be careful to monitor shortening temperature
    every few minutes).

    Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan. Don9t drain by setting chicken directly on paper towels or brown paper bags. If
    you need to hold the chicken before serving, cover loosely with foil but avoid holding in a warm oven, especially if itís a gas

    Yield: 3 to 4 servings
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 m

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