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Crispy Beer Fried Chicken
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5 from 6 votes

Shatterlingly Crispy Beer Fried Chicken

This Crispy Beer Fried Chicken incorporates a beer batter to create a shatteringly crisp coating containing the subtle flavor of beer and seasonings.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 600kcal

Ingredients

Dredging bowl #1

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons table salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

Dredging bowl #2

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten

Frying

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 lbs chicken legs breasts, and/or thighs

Instructions

Battering

  • Add all ingredients for dredging bowl #1 into a large bowl or pan and mix to combine.
  • Do the same in a separate bowl with the ingredients for dredging bowl #2.
  • Check the consistency of the beer batter and adjust the thickness as needed.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken in bowl #1 (flour and seasonings) and then bowl #2 (beer batter) and finally bowl #1 again, shaking off the excess each time.

Frying

  • Add enough vegetable oil to a cast iron pan so that the chicken will be at least half way submerged when added to the oil. ~2" deep
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees and add chicken pieces in single layer, working in batches as needed.
  • Halfway through cooking flip the chicken over to ensure even cooking.
  • Chicken is done when meat registers 165 degrees on a digital thermometer. 15-20 minutes.

Notes

If your beer batter is too thick, add more beer a splash at a time. If it is too thin, add more flour a tbsp at a time. You are looking for a consistency of thin pancake batter, or paint.
Larger pieces, like chicken breasts, will take longer to fry.

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcal