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Crispy Southern Fried Chicken

Prep Time:10 min
Cook Time:30 min
Yield:4 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup Pillsbury BEST™ All Purpose Flour
  • 1 (2 1/2 lb.) frying chicken, cut into pieces
  • OR 2 1/2 pounds chicken pieces


  1. 1.
    BEAT together egg, water and 1/4 cup oil in large bowl. Add sugar, salt and flour. Mix until smooth.

  2. 2.
    HEAT remaining 1 1/2 cups oil to 360ºF in deep skillet. Dip chicken pieces, one piece at a time, into batter. Fry 20 to 30 minutes or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork (165ºF). Turn chicken often for even browning.

  3. TIP
    For spicier chicken, add 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to batter.


Serving Size (1/4 of recipe), Calories 750 (Calories from Fat 510), Total Fat 48g (Saturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 195mg, Sodium 1310mg, Total Carbohydrate 20g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 2g), Protein 39g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 4%, Iron 15%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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