Best Fried Chicken Ever~ Recipe

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Reel Good Recipes celebrates Black History Month with films and recipes inspired by great African American actors. Our soulful and outrageously deliciously recipes are from millions of Black family homes, but we always put our special twist on everything! We start February with the film "Claudine" starring the beautiful and talented Diahann Carroll and James Earl Jones. Our first recipe celebration is The Best Fried Chicken Ever! Our chicken will take on any of your favorite carry-out chicken brands. Better taste at a much lower cost. Please enjoy this clip where Claudine and Roop have carry-out chicken rather than the fancy restaurant meal he promised her. Just as her daughter predicted "Its gonna wind up chicken anyway."

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Servings: 4


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  • 4 chicken parts, cleaned with excess fat removed
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon Season Salt
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, grounded
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Pepper
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning
  • 1 -1/2 cup vegetable oil


  1. Add egg, chicken, Season Salt, pinch of salt, Cayenne Pepper, Thyme Leaves, Paprika, and Lemon Pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. Add flour and Emeril's Original Essence Seasoning to a bowl. Mix. Add chicken one piece at a time. Cover well and shake off excess.
  3. Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Add vegetable oil. Heat oil until hot. Add chicken. With a large skillet you should be able to fry 4 pieces without over crowding pan. Keep chicken frying over medium heat (don't cook too fast). Cook on each side for approximately 13 minutes, there should be no bleeding. Chicken should be a beautiful golden brown.
  4. Remove chicken from pan and drain on paper towel.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 170g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 948  
Calories from Fat 797 84%
Total Fat 90.05g 113%
Saturated Fat 8.45g 34%
Trans Fat 2.21g  
Cholesterol 84mg 28%
Sodium 380mg 16%
Potassium 141mg 4%
Total Carbs 24.21g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.0g 3%
Sugars 0.18g 0%
Protein 12.44g 20%
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  • abby
    yummy and easy
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    2 people like this review
    • Anne Kruse
      This was pretty good. Actually, it was the first time I ever fixed fried chicken where it turned that being said it was really good... I didnt really care for the thyme in it though... and I thought it needed more salt...
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • Arturo Féliz-Camilo
        Have some chicken in the fridge! yes!!
        • A.L. Wiebe
          This recipe looks very tasty and the photo is great. I will make a point of trying this in the next couple of days, so will let you know how it turns out for me.
          Thank you for sharing!
          • andrea
            This recipe was really yummy. We have made the fries several times before making them with the chicken, so the kids already loved them. The chicken was really tasty. It is an inexpensive meal and easy to make. Perfect combination with,! A must try recipe!
            I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
            • Shubhojyoti Bhattacharya
              Looks great. Though I use less flour in my fried chicken due to being on a low carb diet, but I miss these tasty ways of preparing the chicken.
              I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
              • marlene bennett
                trying it next time i fry chicken. what is and where to buy emerils essence seasoning?
                I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                • Jeff Kelley
                  I used this recipe for our Sunday dinner using skinless and boneless chicken breasts cut in half like cutlets and the family ate them all and were looking for more. I'll definitely continue using your recipe. Thank you!!
                  I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
                  This is a variation


                  • Mary
                    February 7, 2016
                    Thank you so much for saying how much oil to use. Most fried chicken receipes never give the amount and expect to know what an inch of oil looks like. Thanks again this is my good to fried chicken receipes
                    • ShaleeDP
                      December 28, 2012
                      It is always nice to try different techniques in preparing fried chicken. I have my own but I could try this too.
                      • Linda Ebbert
                        September 28, 2012
                        This is almost how I make it.. I don't use lemon pepper... my grandma taught me. But it takes way more than 4 pieces! LOL! I like it cold also.. Great recipe and will try with the lemon pepper.
                        • Smokinhotchef
                          February 18, 2012
                          Debra, the recipe sounds delicious.
                          • Crystal Jones
                            June 27, 2011
                            It sounds really good can't wait to try it!

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