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Sistah Certain’s Guide to Soulful Fried Chicken

February 18, 2013

As a Sistah of a Certain Age, I have very fond memories of my mother making  crispy, mouthwatering fried chicken. Since,  I am more health conscious than my mother was at my age, I rarely fry anything these days. However, if one is to partake of fried chicken and it’s accompanying calories, it’s best to make it worthwhile.  The following recipe will result in fried chicken so good, it will make you slap your momma. I do not advise this because if your momma is like mine, you might not live to make this recipe again

Step 1.

You’ll need eight pieces of chicken or one whole chicken cut up into pieces. (It’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken and cut it up but aint nobody got time for that!). You can have more chicken pieces or less. You will also need a skillet, preferably one made of cast iron. But any deep frying pan will do. I dated a guy once who went to antique stores and got old cast iron frying pans  and restored them.  I was scheming on one of those cast iron pans for the longest, but alas, only ended up with an old German roaster.

Step 2.

Fill the frying pan with vegetable oil, peanut oil or canola oil.  But if you really want to be old school, get a block of lard or shortening like Crisco. Put a medium flame under your pan. Your oil must be hot but not so hot that the chicken burns before it gets done.

Step 3

Rinse your chicken off under cold water

Step 4.

Pat chicken dry with paper towel

Step 5.

Season your chicken. This step is VERY important. Nothing worse than pieces of crispy tastelessness trying to pass themselves off as delicious southern fried chicken. You can use good old salt and pepper, Lawry’s seasoned salt, Accent Flavor Enhancer or whatever seasoning you like, but SEASON YOUR CHICKEN.

Step 6.

Put some all-purpose flour in a bowl large enough to hold at least half of your chicken pieces. You need enough flour to coat the pieces thoroughly.  If you’d like you can dip in chicken pieces in egg batter before coating with flour.

Step 7.

Check to see if your grease is hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water into the pan.  You can do this by putting a few drops of water on your fingers and flicking water into the pan. If it pops loudly, grease is hot enough. If you only get a few low bubbles, it’s not hot enough. Be careful, grease can splatter. Don’t stand directly over the pan looking into to see if it pops.

Step 8.

Once grease is hot enough, shake off excess flour from chicken pieces and ease pieces into the pan. Do not drop the pieces into the grease. The legs and thighs will take longer than breast even though the breast is bigger because dark meat takes longer than white meat.  So, cook  legs and thighs together in the pan. These pieces should take about 14-15  minutes to cook. The breasts and wings will take a few minutes less. Cook the pieces until they are golden brown.

Step 9

Remove chicken pieces from frying pan and place in a bowl or pan lined with paper towel or brown paper bags to absorb excess grease.  Allow chicken to cool a bit, but enjoy while still warm. Remember, don’t slap your momma!


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  1. This sounds great and Im going to try this….

    well written and easy to follow.

    well done.

  2. I love it, Sistah! I have never attempted fried chicken; my mom is Norweign and we grew up on casseroles…she made her version, oven-fried, but it isn’t at all the same thing. Thanks so much for the steps and for the fun – I laughed out loud – I wasn’t expecing the “slap your mama” and “you might not live to make this recipe again…cracked me up! 🙂

  3. I love this Sistah. Well written and easy to follow. I couldn’t agree with Cool more.

    And you see my point in assigning it, right? It is so well organized. Remove your numbered steps and you have an essay.

    Everything that you write should be a set of instructions for the reader on how to think like you. The back and forth of the devil’s advocate should be organized paragraph by paragraph to support your thesis at the top.

    You don’t miss a beat/step here and many of your entries are both entertaining and your own. Each sentence is well crafted. Each paragraph is focused. I’m not a fan of ALL CAPS, but you use it to good effect. I would just stress your point, which you already do by repeating it.

    Make the rest of your assignments this well organized, well built, and fun, and you are all set.

    And remember that fried chicken can be a great subject. Every essay does not have to tackle your inner turmoil. That kind of writing comes when you are strong enough to deal with it and not before.

    Please email me if you want to talk. I emailed you this week. Writing is not for wimps, but one is not a wimp if you need to talk some things out.

    (Prof. Kalm)

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