Southern Fried Chicken

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Ingredients

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1 cup Shortening
2 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Salt
1 whole Fryer chicken cut into pieces

Southern Fried Chicken

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    Quick and easy Southern fried chicken for the summer

    • 15 minutes
    • Serves 4
    • Easy

    Ingredients

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    This Southern fried chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. You can serve it with a bright salad or rice for a more flavorful and filling meal.

    Featured image:
    Southern-Thai-style fried chicken
    by Vee Satayamas @ flickr

    Steps

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    In a large cast-iron chicken fryer or skillet, heat the oil to medium-high heat. The oil must be hot enough to “fry” a drop of water, or the chicken will soak up too much shortening.

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    Combine the salt and pepper with the flour in a covered bowl or brown paper bag and shake to mix well.

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    Place 2 pieces of chicken into the bowl or bag at a time, shake until the pieces are completely covered with the mixture.

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    Gently place the chicken pieces into the hot oil. Repeat until all the chicken is breaded and in the pan cooking.

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    Cook the chicken for 10 minutes until all the pieces are browned on all sides.

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    Lower the heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a heavy lid.

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    Cook for 25 minutes while turning the chicken once during this time

    8
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    Uncover the pan, turn the heat back up to medium-high and cook the chicken until golden brown and crispy on all sides.

    9
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    Drain on paper towels before serving, if desired. If you kept the cooking grease hot enough, the chicken would not be greasy.

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