Happy Fryday Y’all! I couldn’t let another Fry-Day go by without highlighting my favorite fried chicken recipe… after all, I am a born-and-bred southerner. If you’re visiting the South, especially Tennessee, you must experience some good ole fashioned fried chicken. And if you’re not in the South or simply want to cook up your own fried chicken meal, I’ve found a simple southern recipe to enjoy in the comfort of your kitchen– Sweet Tea Fried Chicken. Yep, you read that right– Sweet. Tea. Fried. Chicken. What could be better?
Now, fried chicken in general can be quite the task to undertake, and it requires some experimenting with different recipes, not to mention some practice before mastering. But it certainly is a southern staple that’s worth the time and effort. Sometimes I still attempt and fail, but I’ve found that this recipe works best and tastes amazing. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! Let me know what you think or if you have a family fried chicken recipe to share.
2 large family-size tea bags
½ cup sugar
¼ cup salt
2 tablespoons of pepper
3 cups of self-rising flour
3 lbs of Chicken Breast (or you can cut up a whole chicken)
Crisco Vegetable Oil
1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes. Add sugar, and stir until completely dissolved.
2. Let your tea completely cool, it will take about 45 mins.
3. Soak chicken for 24 hours in your homemade sweet tea. Make sure your refrigerate!
4. Heat your oil to 325 degrees.
5. In a large bowl add your self rising flour, salt, and pepper.
6. Drain you chicken, and discard the tea.
A7. dd your chicken into the flour mixture, making sure to completely cover the chicken.
8. Place your chicken into your fryer, and cook for 15-20mins. Note: If using a 12-inch-wide (2 1/4-inch-deep) cast-iron skillet, pour oil to depth of 1 inch.