A golden, crispy fried chicken piece with a dusting of red spice.
Meat Dishes, Poultry

Spicy Fried Chicken: Unforgettable Crunch



Craving crispy and spicy fried chicken? This recipe will guide you through making chicken that’s a true explosion of flavors. Perfect for any meal, it’s sure to impress!

Ingredients Needed for Spicy Fried Chicken

  • Chicken: 2 pounds of pieces (drumsticks, thighs, breasts)
  • Milk: 2 cups
  • Eggs: 2
  • All-purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Cornmeal: 1 cup
  • Hot paprika: 2 tablespoons
  • Cayenne pepper: 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: to taste
  • Black pepper: to taste
  • Oil for frying: enough for deep frying

Preparing the Chicken

spicy fried chicken
spicy fried chicken
  1. Wash the chicken pieces and pat them dry.
  2. Season with salt and black pepper.

Marinating Process

  1. In a large bowl, mix milk, eggs, hot paprika, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  2. Submerge the chicken pieces in the mixture and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Coating for Extra Crispiness

  1. In a shallow dish, mix all-purpose flour and cornmeal.
  2. Dredge each marinated chicken piece in the flour mixture, ensuring they are well-coated.

Frying Techniques

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Fry the chicken pieces in batches, avoiding overcrowding the pot.
  3. Cook until golden and crispy, about 12-15 minutes.
  4. Place on paper towels to drain excess oil.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve with ranch or spicy mayo dipping sauce.
  • Pair with a fresh salad or french fries.

Tips for Perfect Fried Chicken

  • Ensure the oil is hot before frying.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pot to keep the oil temperature steady.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken (should reach 165°F).

Variations to Try

  • Add chopped jalapeños to the marinade for extra heat.
  • Use breadcrumbs instead of cornmeal for a different crunch.


  1. How can I make the chicken less spicy?
  • Reduce the amount of cayenne pepper and hot paprika in the marinade and coating.
  1. What’s the best oil for frying chicken?
  • Peanut oil or canola oil are great choices due to their high smoke points.
  1. Can I bake this recipe instead of frying?
  • Yes, bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for 30-40 minutes or until crispy.
A golden, crispy fried chicken piece with a dusting of red spice.
A golden, crispy fried chicken piece with a dusting of red spice.

Conclusion: Spicy Fried Chicken Recipe

Make this crispy and spicy fried chicken and wow everyone with its incredible flavor. Did you know the spice mix also helps preserve the chicken longer? Try it out today!

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