Taste the Sumptuous flavors of Deep-Fried Whole Chicken
For those who think that fried chicken is limited to the familiar bite-sized pieces, they are missing out! Today, we’re introducing a new way to experience deliciously crunchy fried chicken—the deep-fried whole chicken. With its tender juicy interior and golden crisp exterior, you won’t be able to resist a second bite.
- 1 whole chicken, about 4-5 pounds
- 1 cup water
- Salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
- Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the water, salt, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil.
- Rub the mixture over the chicken, inside and out, until it’s well-coated. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Pour the flour into a shallow dish. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and coat with the flour. Carefully shake off any excess flour into the dish.
- Fill a large skillet with enough vegetable oil to submerge the chicken. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
- Slowly lower the chicken into the hot oil and deep-fry for about 20 minutes, flipping it over halfway through, or until it’s golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
- Carefully remove the chicken from the oil and let it cool slightly before serving.
This Southern-style recipe combines traditional techniques with a few creative spins. The marinade gives the chicken a hint of spice and helps to keep it juicy during frying. The flour provides a perfectly crisp exterior that perfectly complements its never-ending succulence. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how this dish becomes the star of any dinner or party!
This recipe is a modern take on traditional fried chicken dishes from around the world, like the classic Italian pollo fritto and the iconic French poulet frit. With its ease of preparation and tasty results, this deep-fried whole chicken is sure to become a staple in your kitchen. Get ready to savor some finger-licking deliciousness!