Batter Fried Chicken



1 litre (quart) water

1/4 c. salt

1/4c. sugar

4 lbs. chicken parts, cut into equal size pieces


1 c. flour

1 c. cornstarch

1 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. cayanne

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

1-3/4 c. water

3 qt. vegetable


Dissolve salt and sugar in water. Add chicken pieces. Cover, place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Add water and whisk. Set in fridge until the chicken is finished brining.

Drain chicken and then pat dry with paper towels. Heat 3 qt. of oil to 350F in a large Dutch Oven.

Stir the batter. Add four pieces of chicken to the batter with kitchen tongs. Add chicken pieces to hot oil one at a time. Cook for 12-15 minutes, turning two or three times during cooking. Remove the chicken from the oil an place on a wire rack and allow to cool 5 minutes.

Use the leftover batter for onion rings!