Willie Colon's Mom's Fried Chicken

willie colons moms fried chicken
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  • 4Servings


  • 1 quart peanut oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 - 3 1/2 pounds chicken parts, breasts halved crosswise
  • 1/4 adobo seasoning, such as Goya


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, hot sauce and egg. In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the flour, garlic powder, salt, paprika and 1 tsp. pepper. Sprinkle the chicken with the adobo. In batches, coat the chicken in the egg mixture, then add to the bag; seal and shake to coat.

In two batches, fry the chicken, turning occasionally, until browned, crispy and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes per batch. Transfer to a rack set in a baking sheet to drain.