I love fried foods and so does my family! I try to have us eat somewhat healthy, but I am by no means a health nut. Most days I am pretty satisfied if I can get the girls to eat a fruit and vegetable with their meals.
At the store a few weeks ago I got a steal on chicken legs that were marked down and I have had them stored in my freezer ever since. My family loves fried chicken, but the recipe I used to use involved a lot of work and time. It called for frying the legs on the stovetop and then baking them in the oven and it was a process that lasted several hours. So, I searched for a good fried chicken recipe and came up with this:
1 chicken cut into pieces (I just used the chicken legs that I had on hand)
1 c. buttermilk
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. paprika
Salt and pepper
2 quarts vegetable oil for frying
- Combine the flour and seasonings into either a bag or bowl
- Dip the chicken pieces into buttermilk
- Then put the chicken pieces into flour mix and shake or turn to coat.
- Allow chicken pieces to set on a cookie tray while you finish the rest of the pieces
- Fill large skillet ½ full of oil (I actually used two skillets so I didn’t have to work in batches – we were hungry)
- Heat the oil until very hot
- Put in as many chicken pieces that will fit into skillet.
- Brown pieces on both sides and then cover and reduce heat.
- Cook for 30 minutes
- Remove the cover, turn the heat back up, and fry until the pieces turn crispy.
- Drain chicken on paper towel.
This chicken was amazing! My whole family loved it. The only changes that I would make next time would be to add a little more salt, pepper, and maybe some garlic powder. I thought it needed just a little more flavor, but the crispiness was perfect! We will definitely be having this recipe again.