Saturday, July 24, 2010

Food Networks Alton Brown's Fried Chicken Recipe

Posted by Generation Girls at 10:53 AM

My husband and I watched with mouths watering, Alton Brown's Good Eats show on Fried Chicken. It was so good, we went out immediately and bought all the ingredients to make our own. Simple and profound this recipe has to be one of the best!


Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

Prep Time:
20 min
Cook Time:
20 min
3 to 4 servings


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • Vegetable shortening, for frying


Place chicken pieces into a plastic container and cover with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Melt enough shortening (over low heat) to come just 1/8-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast iron skillet or heavy fry pan. Once shortening liquefies raise heat to 325 degrees F. Do not allow oil to go over 325 degrees F.

Drain chicken in a colander. Combine salt, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Liberally season chicken with this mixture. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

Place chicken skin side down into the pan. Put thighs in the center, and breast and legs around the edge of the pan. The oil should come half way up the pan. Cook chicken until golden brown on each side, approximately 10 to 12 minutes per side. More importantly, the internal temperature should be right around 180 degrees. (Be careful to monitor shortening temperature every few minutes.)

Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan. Don't drain by setting chicken directly on paper towels or brown paper bags. If you need to hold the chicken before serving, cover loosely with foil but avoid holding in a warm oven, especially if it's a gas oven.

6 comments on "Food Networks Alton Brown's Fried Chicken Recipe"

The Vintage Vignette on July 25, 2010 at 9:01 AM said...

I've never met a piece of fried chicken that I didn't like but this looks exceptionally good! Thanks for the recipe for this perfect summertime meal.

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