Crispy Fried Chicken – Best Old-fashioned Homestyle Fried Chicken Recipe

This delicious crispy fried chicken recipe uses old-fashioned homestyle cooking with a quick start in the cast iron skillet and finished off in the oven for the best juicy on the inside chicken and crispy on the outside!



1 whole frying chicken, cut into 8 pieces

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar

45 cups cold water

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¾ teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

⅔ cup all purpose flour

½ cup traditional fat, measured in solid form


  1. If necessary, cut the chicken into 8 pieces-legs, thighs, breasts, wings. Save the carcass for later.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl, and add apple cider vinegar. Cover with cold water until all pieces are submerged and allow to marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and add a sheet pan with a cooling rack fitted on top of it.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, add all the spices.
  5. Using a separate medium sized bowl, add half of the spice mixture to the flour and whisk together.
  6. Remove the chicken from the vinegar water and drain on paper towels, or cotton kitchen towel. Dry thoroughly.
  7. Using a cast iron skillet, or other large skillet, heat the fat until it reaches 375 degrees. If you place a couple drops of flour in the pan and it sizzles right away, it’s ready.
  8. Season chicken pieces with remaining seasonings and dredge in seasoned flour.
  9. Starting with the chicken breasts, place in hot oil and fry on each side for 5 minutes. Remove to the hot oven.
  10. Follow up with thighs, then legs, then wings. This will allow the bigger pieces to have more time in the oven for proper cooking.
  11. Once all the chicken pieces are in the oven, set the timer and allow to finish cooking for 25-30 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads 165 or juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
  12. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days, and reheat in the oven at 400 degrees to crisp skin again.


You can use a whole chicken cut up or whatever cuts of chicken you have

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