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Author Notes: We have always loved fried chicken but I have never loved standing over a frying pan for any length of time and then worrying if the chicken was actually done. When the 3 kids were about 3 and 5 (yes, I have a set of twins!) and began liking bone-in chicken, I developed this recipe that requires little frying time and a relatively long baking time. Tom and I like it spicy and the kids soon developed a taste for it also. At first I used a hot and spicy chicken coating from the Oakgrove Smokehouse Company out of Louisiana and then later made my own. This recipe can be doubled or tripled for a crowd and is often on the menu for family get togethers. It can be made ahead and served cold or at room temperature .Yesterday as I was pondering which recipe I would submit ( my meat sauce or the chicken) I got a call from daughter Jessa. She was making this chicken and wanted to double check the baking time. She was making it for her 3 kids...that's when I knew...
Makes 6 pieces
- 6 skin on, bone in chicken thighs or drums
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 heaping tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
- 2 eggs, beaten with 1/4 cup water
- Enough vegetable or peanut oil to fill a large frying pan to a depth of about 3/4 inch
- Combine the flour, cayenne, salt, black pepper and celery salt in a shallow bowl.
- Place the beaten egg and water in a separate shallow bowl.
- Coat the chicken pieces with the flour, shaking off any excess.
- Place the chicken in the egg wash and then back into the seasoned flour.
- Heat the oil until almost smoking and then brown the chicken pieces for 3 to 5 minutes on each side until golden.
- Place the pieces skin side up on a rack set in a rimmed baking sheet or dish.
- Bake uncovered at 325F for 30 minutes. Raise the oven temp to 350F and bake 15 minutes more.
- Serve warm, cold or at room temperature depending on your gathering.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dinner That Makes a Good Lunch
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Recipe
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chicken
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner
- This recipe was entered in the contest for The Recipe You Want To Be Remembered For