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Spicy Fried Chicken

drain on paper towelsThis year David asked for the same birthday dinner he asks for every year – burritos, pizza, potpie and fried chicken.  Yes, as usual he wanted them all, but he finally settled on fried chicken.

There used to be a commercial on TV where they fried chicken in some specific shortening or oil. Then at the end of the commercial they poured the used fat back into a measuring cup and claimed that “…it all came back except one tablespoon!”

Only one tablespoon had been used to fry up that whole platter of fried chicken. Right.

Well, there’s no way anyone can claim this is a low-fat meal, but a couple of times a year I’m thrilled to have a good excuse to cook something that is blatantly unhealthy,  but better than “finger lickin’ good!”

Here’s how I do it.

12 nice plump chicken thighs with the bones and skin.

corn oil


2 cup flour

½ tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cayenne (more or less)

You will also need a black cast iron frying pan and a large bowl.

Be sure to wear an apron because it does splatter.

brine the chicken in ice water

Dissolve 1/2 cup salt in a little warm water in a big bowl.

Add ice cubes and cold water.

Place the chicken in the bowl and let it soak for 6 – 24 hours.

dry ingredients

Mix the dry ingredients

coat chicken

Remove chicken thighs from the ice water and pat so they are fairly dry. Coat with the flour mixture.

stack on plate

Pile the breaded thighs on a plate and begin to heat oil in a cast iron skillet.

heat oil

Let the oil heat until it’s hot enough to sizzle when you sprinkle flour into it.

Dredge each thigh in the flour mixture once again, and put it into the skillet.

side 1

Leave room between them so they are not touching.

I use two frying pans for 12 thighs so they’ll all be done at the same time.

side 2

Fry on high for about 4 minutes and then turn pieces over and fry the other side on high for about 4 minutes.

cook covered

Lower the heat, cover the pan, and cook for about 18-20 minutes.

Return heat back to high and remove the lid.

After 3 or 4 minutes turn the pieces so the other side will get crisp with the high heat.

Chicken will be crispy on the outside and moist and tender inside!

drain on paper towels

Remove and drain on paper towels.