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This fried chicken batter yields the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! It is equally good served hot or cold and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
15 mins
45 mins


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Mix together 3 cups flour, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon pepper, paprika, and poultry seasoning in a medium bowl.

  • Stir together 1 1/2 cups beer, remaining 1 1/3 cups flour, egg yolks, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a separate bowl; thin mixture with more beer if batter is too thick.

  • Moisten chicken pieces with a bit of water, then dip in the dry mixture. Shake off excess and dip in the wet mixture, then dip in the dry mixture once more.

  • Fry chicken pieces in hot oil until well-browned and internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 15 to 18 minutes.

  • Remove chicken pieces and drain on paper towels before serving.


You can use water instead of beer if desired.

Nutrition Facts

661 calories; protein 42.4g; carbohydrates 73.2g; fat 18.6g; cholesterol 167.9mg; sodium 1840.1mg. Full Nutrition