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Classic Southern Fried Chicken

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Classic Southern Fried Chicken

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  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 4 tsp. salt (divided)
  • 3 1/2 lb. chicken (cut up)
  • 2 cups Pillsbury BEST All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 4 cups Crisco® Pure Peanut Oil
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    1. 1. COMBINE buttermilk, hot pepper sauce and 3 teaspoons salt in large resealable heavy-duty plastic bag. Seal bag and gently knead bag until salt is completely dissolved.
    2. 2. RINSE chicken; pat dry with paper towels. If necessary, cut into 2 breast halves, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks and 2 wings. Cut each breast half in half, crosswise, for more even cooking. Reserve giblets and back for other use. Add chicken pieces to buttermilk mixture. Seal bag; turn to coat. Chill 4 hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally.
    3. 3. PLACE flour in wide shallow dish. Stir in baking powder, pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture, one piece at a time, shaking off excess. Add to flour mixture, turning to coat completely. Place coated chicken on wire rack set over a sheet of wax paper. Repeat to coat remaining chicken pieces. Let stand 15 minutes to set coating.
    4. 4. HEAT oil to 365°F in 12-inch deep heavy skillet or Dutch oven. Place half of the chicken pieces in hot oil, skin side down. Cover and cook over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Turn chicken over and continue cooking, uncovered, an additional 7 to 11 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature reads a minimum of 165°F. Reduce heat to medium-low if necessary to avoid overbrowning, but maintain a minimum oil temperature of 310°F. Drain on paper towels. Repeat to cook remaining chicken.
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    Greg Lindley a year ago
    REAL southern fried chicken requires the use of cornmeal. Without that, it’s just fried chicken. This was good, but nothing like the way we make it in Texas.