Fried Chicken My Way
"Growing up in the South, I remember there was always an occasion for fried chicken. It’s 90% about the crunch and 10% about the seasonings. Here, oil and rendered bacon fat are a more everyday stand-in for the traditional lard. Use Rosemary-Maple Butter Sauce as a dip." —Todd English
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 (2 1/2-lb.) whole chicken, cut up
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- vegetable oil
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- Whisk together yogurt and milk in a large shallow dish.
- Add chicken to yogurt mixture; cover and chill 2 to 4 hours.
- Stir together flour, paprika, pepper, and 1 tsp. salt in a large shallow dish.
- Remove chicken from yogurt mixture, discarding yogurt mixture. Rinse chicken, and pat dry. Dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
- Pour oil to a depth of 11/2 inches into a 12-inch cast-iron skillet; heat over medium-high heat to 350°. Fry bacon in hot oil 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp. Transfer to paper towels; crumble bacon.
- Fry chicken, in batches, in hot oil 8 to 9 minutes on each side or until done (a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of breast should register 170°). Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. salt.
- Serve chicken sprinkled with crumbled bacon.
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