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Spiced and Fried Chicken

by on January 24, 2012 · 10 comments

I know we have said we aren’t huge fans of frying at home … we aren’t, but when the result is flaky crispy chicken, well… we throw in the towel, put on our comfy pants and give in. We did the same for Beer Battered Apples, too. Come to think of it, we did it for the apples twice!

We admit it, we’re weak.

…but, can you blame us? Look at that chicken! I think it even made our camera smile. We are obviously very good camera parents.

We fried these up for maché magazine a while ago and got everyone involved drooling, so do yourself a favor, go find some comfy pants and make this chicken!


4.5 from 2 reviews
Spiced and Fried Chicken
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This fried chicken batter is light and crispy with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground ginger. Enjoy this chicken soon after frying for the best results. Also, don't forget to sprinkle a touch of salt over the chicken immediately after frying.
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You Will Need
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces or about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, etc)
  • oil for frying, preferably vegetable, peanut or canola oil
  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. NOTE: Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
  2. In a medium size bowl, beat eggs with the water. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, spices and cayenne pepper.
  3. Dip the chicken into the egg and then coat well in the flour mixture. Working in batches, fry the chicken in the oil until brown. Dark meat will take longer then white meat; dark meat will take about 13 minutes and white meat around 8 minutes.

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I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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1 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum January 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

Lovely site! I found it while searching for some herbed egg recipes… I’m going to try your baked eggs for a brunch this weekend. Great photos and great recipes!


2 Marie June 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

This is the best site and I can’t wait to make the spiced&fried chicken,will let you know how the family likes it.


3 Tia August 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

I made this for dinner last night and it was good chicken, it had a beautiful appearance when it was done, my husband said he fell in love with me all over again … I will make this recipe again but I am going to switch it up a bit. The spices were a bit understated for us…..it gave a hint without really being there, that said I will add more spice next time. Also, I was using only chicken legs and could have got by with a cup of flour instead of the 1.5 I used, again using the recommended spices and cutting back on the flour, it just was not spicy enough.
Great recipe, and I think each one will add or subtract the spices to suit their own taste, nothing against the original recipe. Thanks for posting it ! This recipe goes in my “do again” box and not in the circular file!


4 Judy June 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Question, recipe calls for baking powder, the mixing directions call for baking soda!
I am confused…which do you use?


5 Joanne June 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hi Judy — So sorry for the mistake. You’ll want to use baking powder.


6 Jupiter Jim July 29, 2012 at 12:15 am

Love the idea of fried chicken with some ginger AND cayenne. Ginger is one of my favorite all time spices! I even put it into my carrot juice! And stir fry, of course, and whatever!

Thanks for sharing!

~ Jupiter Jim


7 tia August 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I know what I am having for dinner…that chicken does look very good ! Let you know tomorrow how dinner turns out tonight….thanks for the recipe.


8 Ilona October 4, 2013 at 5:20 am

What is the amount of chicken I need to use


9 Joanne October 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hi there — So sorry, it was not listed. We have fixed it now. You will need 1 chicken, cut into pieces OR about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chicken pieces (thighs, drumsticks, etc).


10 landon slater January 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm

this recipe save my dinner party and my job in more ways than one


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