Hard-Fried Chicken

Evan Sung
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose seasoning, such as Morton's Season All
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 whole chicken, washed, patted dry, cut into 8 pieces, and well chilled
  • Sea salt
Make the dredge: In a large bowl, combine the flour, seasoning, baking powder, and pepper.

Fry the chicken: Prepare a deep-fryer or fill a large (at least 6-quart) pot halfway with oil and heat to 355°F to 360°F. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture, shake off the excess, and fry until the chicken is dark brown and the crust is brittle, 16 to 18 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt to taste.

Reprinted from Fried & True by Lee Schrager with Adeena Sussman. Copyright (c) 2014 by Lee Schrager. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, LLC.

Serves 4
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