Thanks to my coworker, friend, and pregnant buddy Lindsey for giving me the inspiration for this blog post!
You will learn how to make the best Fried Chicken your family has ever tasted!
Fried Chicken was normal dinner entree in our family. We typically had Fried Chicken on Sunday’s. Yea, “Sunday Dinners” was a regular event in our family household. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept of “Sunday Dinners” let me explain. “Sunday Dinner” is a tradition that African Americans adapted from southern families. This dinner is typically a bit more wholesome than your typical weekday dinners. In our family, we would typically eat this dinner early, after church, and there would be a lot more sides than your typical two. “Sunday Dinner” was almost like Thanksgiving. The most common main dishes that we would see were Pot Roast, Fried Pork Chops, and definitely Fried Chicken. There were others but those were the most common. Nevertheless, cooked Homemade Fried Chicken was a normal part of our dinners growing up. It wasn’t until recently that I was exposed that there are a lot of families who never made Homemade Fried Chicken and only ate it unless it came in a bucket with white and red stripes. I had to help end this crisis in family households.
In my conversation with my pal Lindsey, she made me aware that she only had Kentucky Fried Chicken and it was never made in her house. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this craziness! I thought everyone was eating fried chicken in their house. After that conversation, my next blog post was clear…I had to create a blog post to teach people how to make awesome fried chicken. My family thinks I make some of the best-fried chicken. This is the truth. To be quite honest with you, I think that my chicken is pretty basic. I know there are several ways to make this dish but I do my the traditional way. Season the chicken real good, dip it in egg mixture, toss it in some oil and let it rip! Perhaps the reason why my chicken is so good (as they say) is I give it a lot of love aka “seasoning”. When you make this recipe, you can’t be afraid to give it a little love. In fact, the love is what makes the whole thing pop! There is seasoning in every step of this recipe. If you have never made Homemade Fried Chicken before, I promise once you make this dish and feed it to your family and/or friends, they are going to think that you made this all the time!
- 4 lb. Fryer Chicken (I used wings and drumsticks)
- 2 c. flour
- 2 tsp. Onion powder
- 2 tsp. Garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. Seasoned salt
- 1 tbsp. Ground pepper
- ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
- 5 whole eggs
- 1 c. buttermilk
- 2 tbsp. Hot sauce
- 3 qt. Vegetable oil
- Place the fryer chicken drumsticks and wings in a large bowl and season liberally with seasoned salt and ground pepper. This is where you need to “eyeball” your seasoning. Once the chicken looks well coated with seasoning, your done. Allow the chicken to stand alone for, at least 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and place inside of the refrigerator until ready to cook.
- Using two separate bowls for the flour mixture and the egg mixture. In one bowl, crack the 5 eggs and whisk very well until whites and yolks are well combined. Whisk in the buttermilk and the hot sauce as well. In the next bowl, add the flour, onion and garlic powder, seasoned salt, ground pepper, and cayenne pepper. Whisk the flour and seasonings together.
- Begin to heat the oil in a deep fryer on 350 Degrees. If you do not have a deep fryer, heat the oil in a large pot on the stove to 350 Degrees using a thermometer to check the temperature.
- Dip the chicken in the egg and buttermilk combination, dredge in the flour and coat well, and place in the deep fryer and cook for 15 minutes until golden brown.
- As soon as the chicken is done, use tongs and turn to a sheet with a cooling rack. As soon as the chicken is transferred sprinkle with a small amount of more seasoned salt. Repeat process until all chicken is cooked.