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Mom's Fried Chicken

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 16 mins
Chill time 1 hr
Yield Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts water
  • 4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) package chicken pieces, skinned
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine 3 quarts water and 3 teaspoons salt in a large bowl; add chicken. Cover and chill 1 hour. Drain chicken, and rinse with cold water; pat dry.

  2. Whisk together egg and 1 cup water.

  3. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon salt, flour, garlic powder, and pepper in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag. Dip 2 chicken pieces in egg mixture. Place pieces in bag; seal and shake to coat. Remove and repeat procedure with remaining pieces.

  4. Heat oil to 360° in a Dutch oven. Fry chicken, in batches, 16 minutes or until golden, turning twice. Drain on paper towels.