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Easy Fried Chicken Recipe

Updated on April 1, 2014

Quick and Easy Fried Chicken Recipe

Having an easy fried chicken recipe on which I could draw on at a moment's notice has saved my butt a time or two. Family and friend gatherings happen often down in the South and they seem to happen with me without much notice. Fried chicken is a staple in this area and is what I turn to most of the time when needing a meal that everyone will enjoy.

I will say that the term easy fried chicken doesn't mean you're not going to have some work to do. Fried chicken recipes are often simple to remember at their core; it's only when you begin to add in herbs and spices that they become a bit tougher to recall. The reason the recipes below are so simple is that the ingredients are minimal, but the time required for actual cooking will be the same for almost any dinner.

I always like to know at least one easy fried chicken recipe backwards and forwards so that I am never caught off guard with surprise visits. If your memory isn't that sharp, you could always keep a select number of easy recipes in a box near your stove. A bit of advice though, limit the number. More choices mean more time to choose which dish to fix. I hope you enjoy the chicken recipes below and I hope you find them finger lickin' good. What? KFC isn't the only ones that can use that phrase.

Photo by Henry Fong / flickr.

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fried-chicken-in-skillet

Easy Fried Chicken - Recipe # 1

Fried chicken has never been so easy!

This is a very simple fried chicken recipe that has been used in my family for years. It relies on the natural great taste of the bird with very few extras needed, and the best part is that there is hardly any mess.

Ingredients For Easy Fried Chicken

about 3 or so pounds of chicken (any cut)

1 teaspoon of sea salt (regular salt is also fine)

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of cornmeal

1 teaspoon of pepper

vegetable oil for frying

Recipe Directions

1. Rinse off and pat dry the chicken. Combine the salt, pepper, flour and cornmeal into a bowl. Dredge (or roll) the chicken in the flour mixture, making sure each piece is well coated.

2. Heat about an inch or so of oil in a heavy cast iron pan over medium heat. Do not add chicken until oil is hot. You can test it by dropping a bit of flour into the oil and see if it fries.

3. Use tongs to carefully place the chicken into the oil. Be sure not to add too much chicken. Stuffing too much chicken into the pan will just make it hard to manage and tear off the wonderful skin. Fry the chicken until golden brown, turning once. Check to see if it is done by piercing the meat. The juices should run clear and there should be no sign of blood.

4. Place the fried chicken on a wire rack or some paper towels to drain off excess oil. Once it's cooled off a bit, dig in.

A Cast Iron Skillet Makes Great Fried Chicken

Your fried chicken will come out a lot better if you have a cast iron frying pan to cook it in. I like the even heat distribution, which makes that perfect brown crust (and no burn marks), but there are a lot of other good qualities to them as well. They often cost more than non-stick pans, but will last forever. Everyone should own at least one.

Lodge 15 Inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet. XL Classic Cast Iron Skillet for Family Size Meals
Lodge 15 Inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet. XL Classic Cast Iron Skillet for Family Size Meals

While this product does come pre-seasoned, you may want to season it again at a later date. It's a simple process that requires you to coat the pan lightly with oil and then baking it for a half-hour or so. Pretty simple.

 

Fried Chicken Pet Peeves

1-The breasts always seem to go first.

2-If done right, those savory juices will always run out onto your shirt.

3-Dogs (and people) will stare at you, especially if they don't have any chicken.

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foo-foo-fried-chicken

Easy Fried Chicken - Recipe # 2

Another quick, simple and easy recipe for frying chicken.

The question of how to make easy fried chicken is finally answered! An attempt at humor. Anyways, this recipe is a little more messy and takes a little more time than the last, but can be done by anyone quite easily. The extra stuff you do will definitely make your taste buds sing.

Ingredients

around 3 pounds of chicken pieces

2 teaspoons of lemon pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 cup of buttermilk

1 1/2 cups of flour

vegetable oil to fry

Directions For Simple Fried Chicken

1. Wash the chicken under running water and then pat dry with paper towels. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Coat the chicken in the flour mix and set aside for five minutes. Now pour the buttermilk into another bowl. Take the chicken and dip into the buttermilk and then back into the flour mixture. You can now lay it over to the side.

2. Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a pan (cast iron preferably) over medium heat. Make sure the oil is hot enough by dropping a bit of flour into it. If it fries, then you're set to go.

3. Slowly place the chicken into the hot oil with some tongs and fry until it is golden brown, turning once. Test each piece for by cutting into the flesh. There should be no sign of blood and the chicken should be relatively tender with clear juices running out.

4. You can now take the chicken out and place it on a draining rack. Once it has cooled off a little, start eating. One final bit of advice is to not throw away leftovers. Place in the fridge. Cold fried chicken tastes just as good as hot fried chicken.

365 Easy Chicken Recipes - Who knew there were other ways of cooking chicken other than frying it?

Chicken is one of the most versatile meats on the planet. It's fairly healthy for you, not that expensive and easy to cook. It's so popular that people want to eat it all the time, and people who eat it all the time eventually come to a realization - cooking it the same way all the time gets to be boring. That's where books like this come in real handy. While there are a lot of easy fried chicken recipes in here, there's also a lot of other ways in there as well. There's enough variety to keep your favorite meat from getting boring.

365 Easy Chicken Recipes: Quick, Easy Ways to Cook Chicken (365)
365 Easy Chicken Recipes: Quick, Easy Ways to Cook Chicken (365)

Though the book says chicken, the recipes can be used for any kind of poultry. There's something in here for everyone.

 

Do you have any thoughts about fried chicken or tips to make the cooking process a little easier or quicker? - Opinions about the lens in general is also welcom

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      looks so simple. i am going to try it

    • skjk3318 lm profile image

      skjk3318 lm 

      5 years ago

      fried chicken trumps grilled chicken, i love fried chicken salads.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Thanks, I am going to try this.

    • OurFoodRecipes LM profile image

      OurFoodRecipes LM 

      5 years ago

      A real easy fried chicken recipe to try..Great info. Thanks

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I love the fact that it's quick and easy to make.

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      June Nash 

      5 years ago

      I'm always looking for a good fried chicken dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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      ae dc 

      5 years ago

      i learned something from your lens today. nice one! blessed* :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I have never cooked fried chicken but I love it.

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      smsr0100451 

      5 years ago

      I love fried chicken.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Great chicken recipes. I love coooking with buttermilk, it makes the meat so moist. Thanks!

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      LornsA178 

      5 years ago

      Fried chicken looks delicious, made me hungry.

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      Ronlove LM 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens Good information

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      RecipePublishing 

      7 years ago

      Great lens.

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      she2 

      7 years ago

      i will try

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      Never seen chicken marinated this way before frying, but sounds so good, think I'll give it a try!

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      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      Looks good Thomas. Will give it a try. Thanks.

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