2 1/2 pounds chicken parts
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
4 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
Pepper Sauce: (optional)
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cups no-salt or low-sodium chicken broth
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Prepare Chicken: In large, glass bowl or dish, place chicken and pour buttermilk over it. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, celery salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture, two at a time, turning to coat all sides thoroughly. Set chicken on a rack and let sit for 30 minutes.
3. Prepare Pepper Sauce: In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in onion, red and green pepper. Stew peppers until soft, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and cayenne. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Bring sauce to simmer; reduce heat to low and let cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add salt; remove from heat and set aside.
4. In large, cast iron skillet, add oil to fill 3/4-inch deep. Over medium-high heat, warm oil to 350 degrees F. using kitchen thermometer to test oil temperature. Carefully place chicken, skin-side-down in oil. Reduce heat to medium and cook chicken for 15 minutes until nicely browned. Turn chicken and cook for additional 10 minutes, until internal temperature registers 180 degrees F. on thermometer. Remove chicken and drain on paper towels. Cook remaining chicken in same manner until done. Before serving, reheat sauce and pass separately.
When deep-frying it is critical that the oil used has a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil and that the oil reaches the appropriate temperature before food is added. If the required temperature is not met the food will end up absorbing too much oil and will be greasy and soft instead of succulent and crispy.
Louisiana Fried Chicken
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