Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
This image courtesy of Tom Eckerle

Editor's Note: This Fried Chicken recipe has only five basic ingredients, so you know you're getting the full flavor of the chicken without having to dress it up with any fancy seasonings. Flour, salt, and pepper are the key to making a simple breading that's delicious while not taking away from the chicken itself. This is an easy chicken recipe to use as a base for making chicken wings, or enjoy it on its own for a juicy chicken dinner that's great for the whole family or a summer cookout.


Cooking MethodFrying


Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe CourseMain Course

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureCrunchy, Juicy


  • 3 chickens (each about 3½ pounds), cut into small serving pieces
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh milled white pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towels. Mix the flour with the salt and white pepper and dredge the chicken pieces in it. Shake off any excess flour.

  2. Pour ½ inch of vegetable oil into a heavy skillet and place over high heat. When the oil is hot, reduce the heat to moderate. Working in batches, fry the chicken slowly until cooked through and deep golden brown.

  3. Keep the chicken warm in a 275° F. oven until all of the chicken has been cooked.


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