This easy DIY Fried Chicken Recipe takes approximately 1 hr to prep and cook, minimal culinary skill and maximum appetite when all finished. Simple flour, chicken, vegetable oil and seasonings are the only ingredients needed.
From the earliest days of childhood, I was a spoiled fried chicken eater. My great-grandmother used to babysit me as my mother worked and as such, I had access to one of history’s greatest chefs of all time. Even with all of her farm-earned, family-passed down cooking secrets at her disposal, my great-grandmother knew my demands for lunch were pretty simple: fried chicken, corn and mashed potatoes.
With such a background, I’ve always been a fried chicken snob and through life, really never had to make fried chicken of my own. I can make many great meals and dishes, but never ever took time to learn how to make fried chicken. I know what good fried chicken tastes like, but had never needed to go beyond Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, a visit to Mom’s or other family on the holidays or even KFC on a desperate day to get a good taste of fried chicken.
Being a person with cooking in the blood, one day I decided to do the impossible: make my own fried chicken recipe. Unthinkable. Putting my past scientific knowledge and nose to good use, this is a recipe I’ve been working on for the past few months. Today’s recipe is a celebration for all people with a kitchen and like fried chicken, but have never really tried to make their own.
Like many of you, my schedule is very tight and I don’t always have time to cook as much as I’d like. This recipe keeps it simple and keeps that in mind. There is no need for egg yolks or buttermilk. There is no fancy soaking and such things that go on. There is no deep fryer needed.
Easy DIY Fried Chicken Recipe Without Buttermilk, In Electric Skillet Recipe
By April 26, 2012Published:
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Ready In: 1 hr 10 mins
This recipe requires an electric skillet with a heating capacity of 350 degrees. A bowl to mix flour, add seasonings and coat chicken should be prepared. Normal vegetable oil should be used as the frying base for the electric skillet. Please adjust seasonings per your tastes and preferences.
- 8 pieces chicken legs, thighs or quarters (quarters count as two pieces)
- 1 cup flour sift flour as necessary, measurements can be adjusted for taste and coating preferences
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- Thoroughly wash your chicken and pat it dry. This is VERY important.
Then, lay chicken out on a surface and lightly dust outer skin with your favorite seasonings. This seasoning addition is not from the measured amounts. Finally, combine flour and measured seasonings in a large bowl.
- Pour vegetable oil into electric skillet and heat it to 350 degrees. Place each piece of chicken individually in flour mixture and fully coat. Add each piece to electric skillet.
- Fry the chicken for 17 to 20 minutes. Only turn once or twice, or until a golden brown appearance is seen on each side.
- This is the secret part. Once your chicken has its golden crisp appearance, turn the heat down to between 250 to 300. You should only hear a slight sizzle. Cover the electric skillet with its lid (if your lid has a built-on vent, cover the vent with a thicker dish towel or cooking glove.) Let the chicken cook like this for 30 to 35 minutes, turning once or twice.
- Fully uncover your chicken and let it openly cook for another 5 to 7 minutes.
- Remove the chicken and let it cool, ward off family and friends who instantly demand a piece of your succulent DIY fried chicken.
- Plate the chicken and serve it up. Today's recipe was served with homemade macaroni and cheese and another side of spinach.
For the calorie counters out there, here’s some useful info for today’s meal.
Calorie totals can be found on MyFitnessPal.com (Great resource for those watching dietary intake or just want to stay healthy. It also has an app, so you can track your calories, calculate exercise benefit and more on the go).
1 Serving Fried Chicken Thigh – 250 calories
1 Serving Fried Chicken Leg – 150 calories
1 Serving spinach (1 cup) – 41 calories
1 Serving Mac and Cheese (1 cup, homemade) – 340 calories
While this type of cooking is awesome and necessary at times, as always, watch your portions and eat responsibly. One cannot eat like this every day. Also, everything is made better when drinking water.
Bon Appétit and please give feedback on your experience with this recipe or if you have any improvements/suggestions/other recipes.
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