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Deep Fried Chicken

ingredients

serves 6-8
2 chickens, each weighing 800 g (1 3/4 lbs)
1 cup (1/4 lb) 125 g plain flour (bread flour)
2 tsp salt
2 eggs
5 tbsp water
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

for frying

4 cups (1 3/4 pints) 1 litre sunflower oil or 1 kg (2 1/4 lbs) clarified butter/ghee)

method

1. Mix flour and salt with eggs and water, to make batter, then cover and leave to stand for 20 minutes.

2. Cut chickens into 8 pieces each before washing and drying them.

3. Heat fat to 180°C (350°F) Gas Mark 4 in deep fryer or chip-pan with thermometer.

4. Heat oven to 100°C (200°F) Gas Mark 1/4. Dip chicken pieces one by one in batter and fry a few at a time in fat until crisp and brown, about 8 minutes on each side.

5. Drain chicken pieces on absorbent paper towel before keeping warm on plate in oven.

6. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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