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Crisp Fried Chicken

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 20 min
chill 2 hrs

Cook Time: 18-22 min

Servings: 6

Recipe By: Linda Johnson Larsen

From:  Knack Chicken Classics
Used with permission of Knack

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Crisp Fried Chicken

Crisp fried chicken is the American ideal. The perfect fried chicken has a crisp and crunchy but tender skin, moist meat, lots of juices, and lots of flavor.

Ingredients
6  bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1  egg, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
Directions
Pat chicken dry and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.

On plate, combine flour, cornmeal, thyme, mustard, and baking powder; mix well. Combine buttermilk and egg in a bowl.

Dip chicken into flour mixture, then egg mixture, then again in flour mixture to coat. Place on wire rack; chill 2 hours.

Heat oil in deep saucepan to 375°F. Add chicken, skin side down; cook 7 minutes. Turn and cover; cook 11-15 minutes longer until done.
Chef Suggestions
The chicken doesn't have to be immersed in a deep fryer in order to be labeled "fried." All you need is about 1/2 inch of oil in the pan. The chicken is browned first, skin side down, and cooked until browned, then turned.

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