Need foolproof fried chicken recipe
About the only thing I have never made is real southern style fried chicken. My wife asked me to make it for a crowd for her fathers birthday and must deliver.
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Here's a pretty atraditional recipe that should satisfy. I admire youer amition in cooking for a crowd. It will take a while.It has to be cooked in batches so the oil doesn't cool off too much, and the cooked pieces will have to be kept warm until it's all ready to serve. BTW, I recommend heating the oil to 375 degrees, so it will cool down to a cooking temperature of 350 degrees. Have fun.
Inasmuch as I've never used hot red pepper sauce in my southern fried chicken I can't offer much in the way of endorsement for the foodnetwork.com recipe that was previously recommended.
Here's a site with a wide range of chicken recipes, including a number of very traditional southern fried chicken recipes (as I know them) that might help you in your quest.
Just make sure you use whole milk.