Southern Fried Chicken Batter

Certainly! Here’s a recipe for a classic Southern Fried Chicken batter:

Ingredients:

– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tablespoon paprika
– 1 tablespoon garlic powder
– 1 tablespoon onion powder
– 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spice level)
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
– 1 cup buttermilk
– 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
– 2-3 pounds chicken pieces (drumsticks, thighs, wings, etc.)
– Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to evenly distribute the spices.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk and hot sauce (if using).

3. Dip each piece of chicken into the buttermilk mixture, allowing any excess to drip off.

4. Roll the chicken in the seasoned flour mixture, ensuring it is coated thoroughly. Press the flour onto the chicken to help it adhere.

5. Place the coated chicken on a wire rack and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the coating adhere better.

6. In a large, deep skillet or Dutch oven, heat about 1.5 to 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).

7. Carefully place the coated chicken pieces into the hot oil, a few at a time, without overcrowding the pan.

8. Fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning occasionally to ensure even cooking. This typically takes about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the chicken pieces.

9. Use a slotted spoon or tongs to remove the fried chicken from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

10. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving.

Enjoy your crispy and flavorful Southern Fried Chicken! Serve it with your favorite sides for a classic Southern meal.

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