With this spicy fireball fried chicken recipe, you’ll never have to darken the doorway of a Kentucky Fried Chicken ever again. Unless, of course, you want some of that bright orange radioactive mac and cheese they’re serving.
Here’s what you need to do:
Spicy Extra Crispy Southern Fried Chicken
3 lbs chicken
1/3 cup water
1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce)
4 cups flour
2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp each of S&P
2 tsp chipotle chili powder (or smoked or regular paprika)
2 tsp garlic powder
Lots of vegetable oil for frying
1 gallon zip lock baggy (not necessary but it makes life easier)
1 quart buttermilk
1 tsp each – salt, pepper & garlic powder
Put the chicken pieces in a container & cover with buttermilk. Marinate them like that in the fridge for a few hours.
Blend the eggs, hot sauce & water in a deep bowl.
Blend the flour, cayenne, S&P, chili powder & 2 tsp garlic powder in a Ziplock bag or a deep bowl.
When ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the buttermilk & sprinkle with S&P and garlic powder.
Heat a lot of oil (I used enough that I could completely submerge a breast & drumstick – and cooked the chicken in two shifts) over medium heat. MEDIUM HEAT. If you have a kitchen thermometer – the oil should be 350 degrees. I do not have one. If you do not have one either – simply put the end of a wooden spoon or chopstick in the oil to test it. When it reaches 350, little bubbles will creep up the wood.
Put the chicken in the flour mixture & completely coat it. Then, dunk it in the egg mixture & coat it again & then back into the flour mix. The crust should be fairy thick. Then fry those bitches up!
My pieces took 20-25 minutes to cook but that was because they were Flintstone-style gigantic hunks of chicken. Normal pieces should cook in 14-18 minutes. If the chicken seems to be browning faster than the inside is cooking – lower the heat. Drain on paper towels.
For the Delta dipping sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/8 cup sambal oelek (or other chili sauce)
1/8 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes hot pepper sauce (Tabasco or another brand)