Country Fried Chicken – My Personal Recipe

Country Fried Chicken

Crystal and I love country fried chicken! For the longest time, we tried making every type we could find. Baked fried chicken, Colonel Sanders imitation, Pinterest suggestions, and so many others. Over time, I began to pick up on little bits that worked. When we mixed all of it together, we came up with this recipe.

Cree's Country Fried Chicken

Prep Time: 24 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 49 minutes

Total Time: 25 hours, 4 minutes

Category: Entree

Cuisine: American

Servings: 5 Pounds

Country Fried Chicken

Shock and amaze your friends with these simple homemade country fried chicken wings. First, seasoned brine allows the flavor to soak all the way to the bone. Then, a generous breading adds an unparralled flavor to the delicious chicken. Finally, old fashion dutch oven cooking provides a seasoned flavor that blows away any other fried chicken recipe.


    Brine Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 10 cups Water
  • 5 lbs Chicken Wings
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayanne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 qt Canola Oil


  1. Wisk the brine seasoning into your water until it semi-dissolves.
  2. Allow the brine to sit while you chop your wings into drumette, flat, and tip. Then, dump all the meat into the brine and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, whisk the breading ingredients together in a huge mixing bowl. Make certain to mix every bit of the flour and spices throughly together.
  4. Without drying it off, drop all the chicken into your mixing bowl and cover with a lid. Then, toss the chicken until the breading generously covers every piece.
  5. Lay these out on a baking sheet while you begin heating your oil to 360°F (182°C) in a dutch oven.
  6. Once the oil reaches the right temperature, fry each batch for about 13 minutes, monitoring the tempurature of the oil carefully. Check that the chicken reaches no less than 75°C (165°F). NEVER SKIP CHECKING THE TEMP!
  7. Place the fried pieces of chicken on a paper towel to allow the excess oil a chance to run off before serving.


I tried this recipe with a variety of oils, and canola remained consistenly the best in every itteration.

The Best Country Fried Chicken

On our crazy search for the perfect fried chicken, we tried a few places that serve good chicken. A sports grill in Gilbert, Arizona captured our attention with its delicious wings. The flavor of their sauce, somehow saturates into each wing.

Kentuky Fried Chicken Immitation

Colonel Sanders created a recipe with a few minor herbs and spices. His recipe, still used today, makes KFC a pretty okay place to eat. However, the amount of care put into each piece of chicken seems pretty far from the original recipe. Imitating KFC tastes pretty good, but it tastes like it needs something more.

Spicy Buffalo Wings

We also toyed with making just straight buffalo wings. Those taste delicious! But not everyone enjoys the unique spices in buffalo sauce. One trick we used involved making the sauce several days before the wings. Then, saturating the chicken in the sauce before breading it. It tastes great!

John Legend’s Award Winning Fried Chicken Wings

Crystal eventually stumbled upon the recipe for John Legend’s chicken wings. His wings won an award for the best recipe somewhere along the line. I studied his method thouroughly and realized that his method of using brine to marinate the chicken before breading migh actually help me get better flavor throughout.

After a few trials, I managed to get the brine to match my flavor pretty well. HINT: using my exact blend in the brine didn’t work. But adding his brine technique made the wings burst with flavor from the inside out.

Constant Improvement

Whatever recipe we try to merge to improve our chicken always gives us one idea more. But the search of the perfect Country Fried Chicken continues!

What makes your favorite fried chicken special?

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