Famous Fried Chicken

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 quart canola or vegetable oil

One 3-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces 

Seasoning salt and black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional 

2 cups all-purpose flour 


Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Add the oil to a large, deep frying pan over high heat; heat to 350 degrees F on a deep-frying thermometer.
  2. Generously sprinkle the chicken on both sides with some seasoning salt, then sprinkle with 1 teaspoon black pepper and the cayenne if using. Put the flour in a plastic or paper bag.
  3. Two pieces at a time, add the chicken to the bag and shake until coated in flour. Shake off the excess flour and place the chicken in the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, 8 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil.