One-Batch Fried Chicken
With an iconic American entrepreneur as inspiration, we created a playbook for first-time fryers and old pros alike.
Why This Recipe Works
Inspired by the pressure-frying machine in which Colonel Sanders created his famous fried chicken, we set out to find a faster way to fry that would get all the chicken on the table at the same time. To season the meat and keep it moist, we soaked bone-in chicken pieces in a mixture of buttermilk and salt. To season the flour dredge, we used Italian seasoning blend (a mix of dried oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage) instead of buying a long list of dried herbs. Granulated garlic, ground ginger, and celery salt added savory notes; both black and white peppers added pleasant, mild heat; and a bit of baking powder ensured a crunchy, not tough, exterior. Several tablespoons of buttermilk rubbed into the seasoned flour created a shaggy coating that, after a rest in the refrigerator, adhered nicely to the skin and fried up into a satisfying crunchy crust. For fast frying, we cooked the chicken all in one batch and covered the pot for the first half of cooking. The lid allowed the oil, which dropped in temperature when we added the chicken, to quickly heat up again. We let the pieces fry undisturbed so the coating set almost entirely around each piece before flipping and frying the chicken uncovered for the second half of cooking.