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Crispy Fried Chicken Drumsticks

Updated on September 24, 2011
Batch of fried chicken drumsticks
Batch of fried chicken drumsticks | Source
Close up of fried chicken drumstick
Close up of fried chicken drumstick | Source

Fried Chicken

OMG! Good fried chicken is a weakness of mine, so when i eat it or cook it, i do so with gusto and enthusiasm. But then i am a self proclaimed foodie, so, what ever i eat i look forward to the taste and texture. I don't appreciate bad food.

Mastering the art of frying food is not easy, at least it hasn't been for me. So, it has been an ongoing process for me to find a recipe and method of cooking, frying chicken that pleases me. I have tried a few different methods but i think i have come across this last method and it pleases me.

One thing is i leave the great frying to those who love frying food, have the equipment and have made every in road into all the methods of enjoyable fried foods.

The recipe for me has gone through several transitions, but it is in the details that i have learned that the true test of frying good chicken is managed.

If frying in a pan you should remember that the center is the hottest and will cook at the quickest.

  1. Thaw chicken pieces completely, in the fridge or on the counter. Always be aware that chicken must be handled with care and clean up is important. Vinegar is good if bleach is not available.
  2. Make sure it is dry, pat dry with hand towel, you can also just dip the wet pieces in flour like this so that could be counted as your first dredge.
  3. Make sure it is well seasoned, either through brine - salt & water or just salt and pepper
  4. Allow the meat to sit in the fridge or not, if you do put it in the fridge cover well for at least a couple of hours on a low shelf.

Batter recipe:


2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

1 egg

2 couple tbsp of water

1 or 2 cups vegetable oil


paper bag or plastic bag

tongs, fork or spatula

paper towels

non stick frying pan

bowl for egg wash

low platter for resting battered chicken

What to do:

  1. Add 1 cup all purpose flour with salt and pepper to bag
  2. Beat egg and water together well

After preparing the chicken:

  1. Put seasoned chicken in the flour, shaking the bag
  2. Once the chicken is completely dusted/covered place in the egg wash, rotate, covering all sides
  3. Dip the chicken back in the flour mix or a separate boil for dredging or even in panko crumbs
  4. Place on the platter to rest, maybe for two to 4minutes or so, before adding to the hot oil or deep fryer

I don't like getting my hands too sticky, so that is why i use the paper bag or the plastic bag. It makes it easy to just drop the egg wash drumsticks in the flour and shake the bag. Your hands are less messy.

Remember keep one hand for wet dipping and one for dry, dredging, this also helps with clean up and keeping everything separated and flowing with little trouble. Set it up so that it goes quickly and efficiently.

Left to right, start with the chicken then, flour, egg wash, flour again then plop onto a platter to rest or into the hot oil on the stove, or deep fryer, be careful.

  1. Bag of flour
  2. Egg wash
  3. Dredge flour

To frying the chicken:

  1. Make sure the oil is hot, sprinkle some salt in the oil, if frying in a pan make sure you have at least an inch of oil, even heat, and beware the center of a frying pan is always at a higher heat, so choose your pieces carefully
  2. Adding chicken to the oil, do this easily and slowly, slipping the battered chicken in the hot oil, starting with the largest pieces at the outside of the pan, placing your largest piece in the center.
  3. Fry until light brown then turn the chicken
  4. Once light brown on all sides, keep turning and frying until it darkens to a golden brown
  5. Cover with a lid or a splatter shield and leave the cooking chicken for at least 5 to 7 minutes, check. Never leave frying chicken unattended!
  6. Remove the chicken, place on the hand towel to drain, cooling for a few moments
  7. More salt and pepper can be added at this stage

At this stage the chicken is ready to be eaten. Make sure you have all the great sides that go along with fried chicken, like mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, french fries, corn on the cob or whatever you like.

Don't forget the peach cobbler, sweet tea or coke!


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      Ako 2 years ago

      Jo and I went out for a Fried Chicken weekend. Both Friday and Saturday nitghs were all about the Fried Chicken. This was on top of the chicken that I had earlier in the week and the stuff we had two weeks ago. The great thing... We've been eating at different places the entire time. So far, Chicken Maru is leading the charge for price and tastiness among traditional Chicken places. For boneless, it's The Frypan all the way!

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      Celiegirl 4 years ago

      Thanks liesl5858, i do to! The recipe is good, enjoy!

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      Linda Bryen 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Celiegirl,I love fried chicken and I like your recipe as well, as it is well written. Thanks for sharing.

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      Celiegirl 4 years ago

      Thanks Vacation Trip i hope you get a chance to use it. Enjoy!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Wow. Simply mouth watering recipe. I wish I could taste them. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Rachelle Williams Good for you, life is meant to be enjoyed, but everything in moderation according to your individual body needs! Thanks!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      I just made fried chicken for dinner tonight. And I will definitely follow your advice, it will be a long time before I enjoy it again. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Rachelle Williams, just don't eat it too often but enjoying some good fried chicken is awesome.

      The Dirt Farmer, been learning myself.

      Thanks guys, enjoy!

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      Great tips, Celiegirl. Glad you mentioned soaking the chicken pieces in brine. To me, that really does something for the flavor.

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      Girl...stop posting hubs about fried chicken when I am trying my hardest to become a vegetarian! that Paula Deen I see on the video here?

      Good Lord, I'm finished.