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Fried Chicken Deluxe

This recipe appeared in "The Hartford Courant" in 2004. See the "Personal Notes" below. No connection with the restaurant was given, but it was offered by a reader of the paper in response to the many requests for "The Chicken Coop's" (Hartford, CT restaurant) recipe. The reader said that they think this recipe from Crisco's "Good Eating" is close. I have not tried this recipe, nor have I ever had "The Chicken Coop's" fried chicken, so I can't say. If you have had "The Chicken Coop's" fried chicken and you try this recipe, let me know what you think...


Fried Chicken Deluxe

1 frying chicken, cut in pieces
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons melted vegetable shortening
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
Vegetable shortening for frying

Steam chicken for 20 to 25 minutes until tender. Beat egg with milk, 
and add melted shortening. Combine flour, salt and sugar, and add to 
milk mixture, beating until smooth. Salt chicken, and dip in batter. 
Fry in vegetable shortening heated to 365 degrees (or until a 1-inch 
cube of bread browns in 60 seconds). Fry chicken until golden brown. 
Makes 4 servings.

Personal Notes:
This recipe appeared in the Hartford Courant in 2004. After many requests 
for the Chicken Coop's fried chicken recipe, a reader submitted this, 
stating that the recipe is very close to the original.(In their opinion.) 
The Chicken Coop was a city landmark located on Asylum Street near 
The Union Station. It closed in 1984.

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