Tuscan Fried Chicken

tuscan fried chicken

Recipe by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar

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25 minutes

1 hour 25 minutes (includes marinating)

4 to 6


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1 chicken (about 3 1/2 lb.), cut into 8 pieces and each breast cut crosswise in half
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


1. In a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice, rosemary, thyme, garlic, 1 tsp. sea salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, and the crushed red pepper. Add the chicken; turn to coat. Cover and chill, turning occasionally, at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours.

2. Drain the chicken, leaving any marinade that is clinging to it. In a wide shallow bowl, beat the eggs. In another wide shallow bowl, whisk the flour, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Working with 1 piece at a time, dip the chicken in the eggs, then dredge in the flour mixture to coat. Place on a baking sheet.

3. Set a wire rack inside another baking sheet. In a large deep skillet with a lid or medium Dutch oven, add enough oil to come about halfway up the sides. Heat the oil over high until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350°. Using tongs, carefully add the 4 breast pieces to the oil. Cover and fry the chicken until golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Uncover, turn the chicken, and fry until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to the rack. Repeat with the remaining chicken, cooking for 4 minutes covered, turning, then frying uncovered until golden and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Season and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.