Crunchy Crisp Fried Chicken
Soak chicken pieces in water a couple of minutes. Do not drain, do not dry. Dip wet chicken in flour to which a little salt and pepper have been added. Leave it a few seconds to be sure it is well coated. Remove chicken and place on pan or wax paper. LEAVE IT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES !!! This puts a seal on the chicken.
It will look terrible. Don't worry, that's the secret! This batter (?) keeps the chicken juice in and the grease out.
When ready to fry, put chicken in hot fat about 1'' deep. Cover immediately and cook over medium heat about 10 minutes or until brown. Turn once and finish frying uncovered. This method gives you a beautiful crust even if the skin has been removed.
Note: To make really golden chicken, add a few drops of yellow food coloring to the shortening after it heats up. The finished product looks like it has been fried in pure butter!