Watch how to make Southern fried chicken

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What is it about "Southern" fried chicken that is so amazing? In addition to the spicy flavor, it seems that Southern fried chicken always has an incredibly crispy outside and super-tender inside, but how is it done?
The secret is in a buttermilk marinade. The lactic acid in buttermilk is a great meat tenderizer, and its tangy flavor deliciously complements the coating on the chicken.
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Ingredients
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 quart buttermilk
7 cloves garlic, minced into a paste
2½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2½ cups flour
½ cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons paprika
4 to 6 cups canola or vegetable oil
Directions
1. In a large bowl, mix buttermilk, garlic, salt and pepper. Add chicken and mix well, making sure that chicken is submerged in buttermilk. Allow to marinate for at least one hour.
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2. Fill a medium-size pot a little less than halfway with oil. Do not fill the pot more than half full. Heat oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
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3. In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch and paprika.
4. Remove chicken from marinade, dripping off any excess.
5. Coat each piece of chicken with flour mixture, tapping off any excess.
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6. In batches, carefully add chicken to hot oil. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until dark golden brown. White meat with fewer and thinner bones will cook faster than dark meat with thicker bones.
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7. Remove chicken from oil, and place on plate lined with paper towels or a cooling rack.
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Tip: Marinate overnight for even more flavor and tender chicken.
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