Happy National Fried Chicken Day! Although famed for his eye-catching fashion designs, Mississippi-born designer Patrick Kelly was well known among his friends for hosting fabulous fried-chicken dinners at his studio in Paris. Host your own tonight with Kelly’s own fried chicken recipe!
Patrick Kelly’s Southern Fried Chicken
1 fryer chicken
1 cup cream
2 tbsp. water
2 cups flour
Salt and pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 cup bacon fat
1 cup shortening
1 tsp. butter
Cut your chicken into frying pieces, then add salt and pepper. Beat together water, cream, and eggs, then pour the mixture over the chicken pieces and let them soak for one hour. Add paprika to the flour and roll the chicken pieces in it. Take bacon fat, shortening and butter, and melt in skillet. Place the chicken pieces in the skillet and fry until golden brown.
As published in “Cook In Style,” 1990
Portrait of Patrick Kelly, photograph by Gilles Decamps, c. 1988
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