The Lady’s Fried Chicken

Paula Deen: The Lady's Fried Chicken

Southern cook Paula Deen is known for preparing delicious down-home dishes. This week, Paula and the boys reminisce about the early days and the importance of chicken to the opening of their business.

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1 Whole Chicken cut up (3-4 lbs.)
3 eggs
1 cup of hot sauce
4 cups peanut oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper

  • Salt and Pepper chicken then cover and put back in refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken and allow to come up to room temperature.

  • Combine 3 eggs, 1/3 cup of water and 1 cup of hot sauce in a 9x13 pan

  • Add chicken to egg mixture, coat and return to refrigerator for 1 hour.

  • Add 4 cups peanut oil to a cast iron skillet or dutch oven and bring up temperature to 360 degrees.

  • Combine 2 cups all-purpose flour with one teaspoon salt and one teaspoon pepper in another 9x13 pan.

  • Remove chicken from refrigerator and dredge pieces in flour mixture until thoroughly covered.

  • Now add the pieces to the oil one at a time. You’ll notice that the temperature of the oil starts to drop. Adjust your heat to keep the oil at 350 degrees. Continue cooking chicken, turning frequently.

  • Chicken is done when the breasts and wings reach 160 degrees and legs and thighs reach 175 degrees. (13-16 minutes)

  • Remove from oil and drain on a paper bag.

  • Enjoy!!!