Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

Ingredients

1 whole fryer chicken cut into 8 pieces
3 ¬Ĺ¬†tsp¬†seasoned salt¬†divided
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper divided
3 cups buttermilk divided
3 cups all purpose flour
¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†cornstarch
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
3 large eggs
1 tsp hot sauce
Oil for frying preferably peanut or vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Season chicken pieces on all sides with 1 tsp seasoned salt and ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper. Place into an oblong baking dish and cover with 2 ¬Ĺ cups buttermilk. Turn to coat. Chill overnight, turning once.
  • 30 minutes before frying: Remove chicken from buttermilk, discard marinade. On a plate sift together the flour, cornstarch, 2 tsp seasoned salt, 1 tsp black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
  • In a large shallow bowl whisk together the eggs, ¬Ĺ tsp salt, ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper, ¬Ĺ cup buttermilk and hot sauce.
  • Dredge chicken pieces in flour, into egg wash then into flour again. Arrange on a baking sheet. Let stand for 30 minutes to bring to room temperature and set breading.
  • To fry: Preheat the oven to 200¬įF. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with an oven safe baking rack. Set aside.
  • Fill a 12-inch cast iron skillet between ? full with oil. Heat to 350¬įF. Carefully lower chicken pieces in oil. Fry dark meat and white meat separately.
  • Maintain oil temperature around 350¬įF. Fry chicken in batches cooking dark meat pieces and white meat separately. Cook for 10-15 minutes per side or until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165¬įF. Turn carefully using tongs to avoid splatters.
  • Place fried pieces on rack and keep warm in oven between batches.
  • Rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Arsenal 3 Benfica 2

Perre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a dramatic late winner to help Arsenal edge past Benfica into the last 16 of the Europa League. In a ‘home’ leg played at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, because of Covid-19 restrictions, Aubameyang opened the scoring to give the Gunners a 2-1 aggregate lead. Diogo Goncalves levelled for Benfica just before the break with a superb free-kick after Dani Ceballos had needlessly fouled Julian Weigl. The Spanish midfielder compounded that error after the interval with a poor defensive header that saw Rafa Silva race clear to put the visitors in front.

With Arsenal needing two goals to advance because of the away goals rule, Kieran Tierney’s low drive set up a grandstand finish before Aubameyang rescued the tie. Having exited the Europa League at the same stage last season to Olympiakos, it looked as though circumstances had conspired for another European campaign to end in desperate fashion. Faced with a four-hour flight for a fixture technically billed at home and inside a stadium where they have enjoyed mixed fortunes in the past, Arteta’s side started brightly enough. When Aubameyang raced on to Bukayo Saka’s incisive pass to lift the ball beyond Benfica goalkeeper Helton Leite, they were firmly in control having drawn the first leg 1-1 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

But from that point the game began to unravel as Benfica scored from their first two efforts on target – thanks to a helping hand from Ceballos. To their credit, though, the Gunners, who had won just one of their past six matches, displayed plenty of resolve to come back from the brink of a damaging defeat that would surely have left their hopes of lifting a trophy this season in tatters. Tierney was rewarded for a fine individual display by becoming the first Scottish player to score in a major European competition for the club since 1980. And Aubameyang, who came in for criticism after missing several chances in the first leg, atoned with his second of the night from Saka’s back-post cross.