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Southern Fried Chicken

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Ingrediants :

* 1 broiler/fryer chicken (2 1/2 to 3 pounds), cut into pieces
* Oil for frying (peanut oil recommended)
* 2 eggs
* 1/4 cup water
* Liquid flavorings
* Salt and black pepper to taste
* 2 cups all purpose flour
* Seasonings (herbs and spices)

Directions :

1. Cut chicken into pieces. Wash the chicken thoroughly, let drain until needed.
2. Start your oil heating while you go through the other steps. If you are using a deep fryer, fill it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are cooking the chicken on your stove top then get a deep pot and fill it 1/3 full with oil. Turn the burner to medium high (6 on a scale of 10) and heat the oil to approximately 350 degrees F.
3. In a bowl mix the eggs and water. If you are going to use liquid flavorings (hot sauce, soya sauce, etc), add it now. Whip the mixture with a fork until thoroughly combined; this becomes your egg wash.
4. Add the salt and pepper to the flour along with other desired seasonings (garlic powder, sage, onion powder, etc.) to make your own "secret blend"; stir to combine. Or, plain flour works just fine.
5. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg wash and dredge them in the flour. If you want a thicker crust on the chicken, dip the pieces in the flour first, then the egg wash and then the flour again (this will, of course, require more flour).
6. Place chicken pieces in hot oil. Cover and fry until crisp and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt while the pieces drain on paper towels.