Ingredients

How to make it

  • Marinate chicken:
  • Toss chicken with buttermilk, onion, Tabasco, and 2 teaspoons salt. Marinate chicken, covered and chilled, at least 12 hours.
  • Coat and fry chicken:
  • Put flour, paprika, cayenne, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a paper or plastic bag and shake to combine well.
  • Drain chicken well in a colander, discarding marinade and onions, then shake chicken in bag, 1 piece at a time, to coat well. Knock off excess flour and transfer to a sheet of wax paper. Let chicken air-dry 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 250°F with rack in middle. Set a cooling rack in a large shallow baking pan.
  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in 2 batches in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp. Transfer to rack in baking pan and keep warm in oven.
  • Scrape up brown bits from bottom of skillet with a spatula and strain bacon fat through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, reserving bits in sieve. Wipe skillet clean and add strained bacon fat. Add enough oil to measure 1/2 inch fat in skillet and heat to 350°F over medium-high heat.
  • Fry chicken 4 pieces at a time (keep each batch all white meat or all dark meat), skin sides down first, turning occasionally with tongs, until golden-brown and cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes for breasts and wings; 10 to 12 minutes for drumsticks and thighs. Transfer chicken to rack with bacon and keep warm in oven. Return fat to 350°F between batches and reserve after frying.
  • Make gravy:
  • Strain frying fat through sieve into a bowl, then return 1 tablespoon fat and all brown bits in sieve to skillet. (Discard remaining frying fat once cool.) Whisk in flour and cook roux over medium heat, whisking, 1 minute. Whisk in milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil, whisking, then simmer, whisking, until thick, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve chicken with gravy and bacon.
  • Cooks' note: Chicken can be marinated up to 24 hours.

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  • gapeach55 5 years ago
    This is the best gravy in the world,my favorite. I agree with Tink. Bring on the food and don't forget the turnip greens.
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    OK M$M BRING OVER THE LUNCH BABY...............IM HUNGRY FOR FRIED CHICKEN- BLACKEYED PEAS WITH HAM HOCKS , MASHED POTATOES AND GRAVY--AND BUTTERMILK BISCUITS .YUM YUM ..............HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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