When cooking fried chicken, flavor is important, that’s true. But a flavorful fried chicken is a mere shadow of its full potential if it lacks a crackling kick. It’s an unwritten rule: fried chicken needs to have a crispy crust—always!
So are you up to the challenge of making tasty crispy fried chicken? Let us help you out with this guide.
2 1/2 lb. cut-up chicken parts (if these came from the freezer, make sure they’re completely thawed!)
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup water
Bowls for the seasoned flour and batter
Cast iron skillet or pot
1. Make the batter. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, and pepper. Then beat the egg yolk and add water. Gradually pour the egg mixture onto the dry ingredients. Mix the ingredients well until you have a thick and smooth batter.
2. Prepare the seasoned flour. Simply mix flour, salt, and pepper together in another bowl.
3. Heat the oil. Remember that you can either pan-fry or deep-fry the chicken. If you choose to pan-fry, make sure the oil is one inch deep. Heat it to 350 °F (175 °C). If you want deep-fried chicken, pour as much oil as is needed to completely cover the chicken parts. Make sure the oil reaches 325 °F (185 °C) before putting the chicken in the pot.
4. One by one, roll the chicken pieces in seasoned flour. Then dip them into the batter, then in the seasoned flour again for one last time. Make sure all their parts are covered.
5. Let the chicken rest for a while to allow the coating to stick to the skin.
6. After a while, drop the chicken pieces into the skillet or pot using tongs. Do this very carefully as you don’t want the hot oil to splash on you. Make sure not to overcrowd the skillet or pan, since overcrowding decreases the temperature and causes greasy fried chicken. To avoid overcrowding, fry the chicken pieces in batches.
7. Take the chicken pieces out from the skillet or pot when they turn golden brown. Place them in a cooling rack and allow them to drain.
8. Fry the remaining pieces the same way. Add more clean oil if needed.
Now take a bite and test the crunch – and try not to finish them up before everyone else gets to the table!