The Splendid Table radio program featured the authors of a book called Fried and True. The authors wrote about their journey through the US looking for the best fried chicken. This is one recipe they posted by chefs Kermit Ruffins and Ray Boom Boom. —Mrs. G
all-purpose seasoning, such as Morton's Season All
freshly ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for frying
chicken, washed, patted dry, cut into 8 pieces, and well chilled
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.