LPB Fried Chicken 🍗 🐔

When’s the last time you walked into a dinner party and heard the sizzling of chicken frying in the kitchen?  LPB’s able Housetern Jack helped perfect this easy-to-make fried chicken.  It’s great for either an entree or an appetizer, using only legs and wings.

Ingredients 

  • 4 – 6 pounds of chicken parts (legs, wings, breasts…whatever you like)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 cups Tobasco sauce
  • 4 cups self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper seperated
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • Peanut or canola oil for frying

The Equipment

  • 13 3/4 quart Staub cast-iron round cocotte or any other cast iron large pot
  • 4 inch wire skimmer with wooden handle, 12 inches long
  • Silver tongs
  • Paper bags from the grocery market
  • Candy thermometer

Making it

  • Beat the eggs, water and hot sauce in a mixing bowl
  • In another bowl, sift the flour and 2 teaspoons of pepper together
  • In a third bowl, mix the garlic powder, 1/2 cup of pepper and 1/4 cup of kosher salt and season the chicken

Time to Cook

  • Fill the pot halfway with oil and put in the candy thermometer.  This is easiest with a gas stove 🔥 but use a medium to high setting to heat the temperature to 350 degrees.
  • Take the seasoned chicken and dip in the egg batter, followed by the flour mix.  Do not do this too far in advance.  Use the tongs to gently drop the chicken in the oil.  Do in batches as you do not want the oil to cool too much.
  • Depending on the size of each piece, the cooking should take 8-16 minutes. Test and see.
  • Place the cooked chicken on a paper bag, before serving on a platter.
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I occasionally serve fried chicken with a sauce, such as a blue cheese dressing, and accompany with potato salad, cole slaw and feta, cucumber, red onion and dill salads.  I also recommend that you buy a bunch of red plastic baskets and deli paper to serve such meals on.  It sets a very casual theme and makes clean-up all the easier.

 

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