I have had more compliments on this chicken than anything else I cook. The crust is crispy, and the meat is tender and juicy. I hope you enjoy it too!

1 whole chicken, cut into 9 pieces or 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups self-rising flour
3 to 4 cups vegetable shortening
2 teaspoons salt, divided
I teaspoon pepper, divided
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

Place buttermilk in a l-gallon plastic bag. Mix buttermilk with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Pour over chicken in bag and seal. Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Measure flour, 1 tsp. salt,1/2 tsp. pepper and 1 TBSP. poultry seasoning and place in a large double paper bag. Place half the chicken pieces in the bag and shake to coat. Remove the chicken from the bag, shaking off excess flour. Place chicken on wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Spoon out enough shortening to measure 1 inch deep in skillet. Heat to 350 degrees. Place chicken pieces, skin-side down, into the hot oil. Cook for five minutes, lift with tongs to see if chicken is cooking evenly; rearrange if necessary. Continue cooking until chicken is evenly browned, about five more minutes. Turn chicken with tongs and continue cooking until brown all over, about 10-12 minutes longer.

Remove to wire rack placed on top of a baking sheet.

© 1998 Rick McDaniel

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