Best Classic Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe (and the Easiest, Too) by 30Seconds Food


Best Classic Crispy Fried Chicken Recipe (and the Easiest, Too)

Fried chicken recipes vary from family to family, from state to state and from culture to culture. From Korean fried chicken to southern fried chicken, to oven-baked fried chicken and deep-fried chicken, there’s something to please everyone in the world of fried chicken. But sometimes you want just classic crispy fried chicken.

Here’s a basic recipe for simple, skillet-fried chicken. Sometimes simple is best. The fried chicken recipe has minimal ingredients: chicken, flour and vegetable oil. You could add ground paprika for a little color and flavor. The chicken is seasoned, coated with flour and fried in oil until golden brown and cooked through.

If you're one of those people who adds garlic powder and onion powder to everything, sprinkle some in the flour before dredging or shaking. Serve this fried chicken recipe with your favorite vegetable or grain.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken pieces
  • 1 – 2 cups flour
  • paprika (optional)
  • vegetable oil or vegetable shortening

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper and paprika, if using.
  2. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat (360 to 365 degrees F).
  3. Put the flour in a large bowl or in a brown paper bag. Season with a little salt and pepper. Dredge or shake the chicken in the flour.
  4. Place the chicken pieces in the skillet. Cover and cook until golden brown on one side, about 12 to 15 minutes. 
  5. Turn the chicken pieces over, uncover, and continue to cook until crispy and cooked through, about 10 minutes more or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Drain on paper towels.

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Donna John
My grandma made the absolute BEST fried chicken. She didn't have a recipe, but showed me all the time when she was doing it. I've made it ONE time that it tasted almost like hers. We joke that she stuck her finger in it and that's why it was so sweet. Jackie Holloway Ashlee Smith Peggy Albert
Elisa Schmitz
How wonderful, Donna John ! Those memories are priceless. Love fried chicken - comfort food, for sure!
Meredith Schneider
Mmmmmmm! Love good fried chicken! Just had some last night. I cheated though and gave myself the night off from cooking. Got some yummy fried chicken at our grocery store from the precooked dinner food section... Yay Me!

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