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    Oven-Fried Chicken

    Source of Recipe

    Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) Food Network

    Recipe Introduction

    You have to try this wonderful chicken that's first soaked in buttermilk overnight for a special flavor and tender texture.

    List of Ingredients

    2 chickens (3 pounds each), cut in 8 serving pieces
    1 quart buttermilk
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
    Vegetable oil or vegetable shortening


    Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl and pour the buttermilk over them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Take the chicken out of the buttermilk and coat each piece thoroughly with the flour mixture. Pour the oil into a large heavy-bottomed stockpot to a depth of 1-inch and heat to 360 degrees F on a thermometer.

    Working in batches, carefully place several pieces of chicken in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes on each side until the coating is a light golden brown (it will continue to brown in the oven). Don't crowd the pieces.

    Remove the chicken from the oil and place each piece on a metal baking rack set on a sheet pan. (Allow the oil to return to 360 degrees F before frying the next batch.)

    When all the chicken is fried, bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
    Serve hot.




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