Southern Fried Chicken


1 3- 4 lb. whole chicken, cut in 8 pieces
1 1/2 tbsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper
1 egg (beaten)
1cup milk
1 dash hot sauce
2 cups flour
1 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
1 qt. oil for frying


Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Season chicken pieces well with salt and pepper. Mix egg, milk and hot sauce. Pour mixture over chicken. Let sit for 15-30 minutes or as long as overnight.

In a heavy paper or plastic bag, mix flour, paprika, ground thyme, and granulated garlic. Place chicken in bag with flour mixture. Shake until chicken is well coated, you may need to do in two batches.

Heat oil in a heavy frying pan or cast iron. Oil should reach 350F. Place 3 pieces of chicken at a time in hot oil. Fry, turning as chicken browns. Heavy parts such as breast, thighs, and legs will take 15 to 20 minutes, wings about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain chicken on paper towels.