Recipe courtesy of
Episode: Fun Foods
Southern Style Deep-Fried Chicken
Total:
2 hr 40 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
2 to 4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
2 hr 40 min
Active:
15 min
Yield:
2 to 4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken drumsticks, skin on
  • 2 chicken thighs, skin on, bone in
  • 3 to 4 cups milk
  • 2 1/4 cups solid vegetable shortening, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

In a medium pan, place chicken and cover with milk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight. This helps tenderize the meat, but is optional

In a large saucepan over a medium-high heat, using tongs, transfer chicken into pot, then pour in the milk. Bring milk to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low allowing to simmer until the chicken is cooked through entirely, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the milk, and place on a rack to cool. Allow them to sit until warm about 15 minutes, and then pat dry using a kitchen towel.

Heat vegetable shortening in a Dutch oven over high heat just until it's nearly at the smoking point around 325 degrees F.

In a large zip-lock bag, add salt, flour, cayenne pepper, shake to combine.

In a medium bowl, beat 1 egg.

Place each piece of chicken, 1 at a time, in the bag and shake to coat the chicken. Then dip chicken into the egg to coat. Place the chicken back into the flour to coat for a second time. Repeat this method on remaining 3 pieces of chicken.

Gently drop each piece of chicken into hot oil, allowing the skin to crisp and turn golden brown in color, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the oil and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Serve immediately.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger

Buttermilk Marinated Deep-Fried Chicken Thighs

Southern-Style Chicken Nuggets and Special Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Nealey Dozier

Popcorn Chicken Two Ways: Southern Style and Italian Style

Recipe courtesy of Nadia G|Nadia G

Southern-Style Biscuits

Recipe courtesy of Kimberly Schlapman

Southern-Style Corn

Recipe courtesy of Patti LaBelle

Deep-Fried Fluffernutter

Cooking Tips

How to Poach Eggs Perfectly

Watch videos from Cooking Channel shows and chefs. Learn to prepare feature recipes and relive your favorite moments

On TV

Food: Fact or Fiction?

10:30am | 9:30c

Donut Showdown

11am | 10c

Donut Showdown

11:30am | 10:30c

Donut Showdown

12pm | 11c

Donut Showdown

12:30pm | 11:30c

Donut Showdown

1:30pm | 12:30c

Sugar Showdown

2:30pm | 1:30c

Sugar Showdown

3:30pm | 2:30c

Cake Wars

4pm | 3c

Cake Wars

5pm | 4c

Cake Wars

6pm | 5c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cupcake Wars

8pm | 7c

Sugar Showdown

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cupcake Wars

12am | 11c

Cupcake Wars

1am | 12c

Sugar Showdown

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here