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Authentic Recipe for Emeril’s Fried Chicken

The secret behind this delicious Emeril Lagasse fried chicken recipe is the homemade “essence” which is what Emeril calls his unique Creole seasoning mix. This Creole flavoring gives the chicken an amazing flavor and you can use this herb and spice mixture in other recipes. The chicken is coated in flour and egg and seasoned with the Creole mixture. It is then pan fried to perfection.

Emeril’s fried chicken recipe is served with mashed potatoes and a delicious homemade gravy recipe. If you are looking for a delicious pan fried chicken recipe which is impressive looking and flavorful enough to serve to guests, this recipe is perfect. The Creole seasoning turns this otherwise ordinary pan fried chicken into something very special.

You can serve potato wedges or even French fries with this Emeril’s fried chicken dish if you prefer them to the mashed potatoes. The homemade gravy is made by adding flour and milk to the remaining oil in the skillet and scraping the tasty stuck-on chicken bits off the bottom of the pan. This delicious pan fried chicken recipe is highly recommended and has to be tasted to be believed.

Emeril's Fried Chicken Creole Style with Gravy
Summary: Take inspiration from famous chef, Emeril Lagasse, and discover how to make crunchy fried chicken with a creamy gravy. This chicken is great served for either breakfast or dinner.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 3 ½ lbs fryer chicken
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Oil, for frying
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons milk
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
For the Creole Seasoning:
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  1. First make the Creole seasoning.
  2. Mix all the Creole seasoning ingredients together and store the mixture in an airtight container.
  3. You will get about ⅔ cup and you won't need it all for this fried chicken recipe.
  4. Cut the chicken into 8 pieces. Use the salt and cayenne pepper to season the chicken pieces.
  5. Whisk 2 tablespoons of the milk with the eggs and add a pinch of Creole seasoning. Add another pinch of the seasoning to 3 cups of the flour.
  6. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then in the egg, ensuring the chicken pieces are completely covered. Let any excess drip off. Dip the chicken pieces again in the flour.
  7. Boil the potatoes in salted water until they are tender, then mash in the butter and some cream or milk too if you prefer a creamier texture. Keep the mashed potatoes warm.
  8. Heat the oil in a skillet. Place half the chicken pieces skin side down in the hot oil and fry for 6 minutes.
  9. Flip the chicken pieces over and cook for 6 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked right through and golden brown.
  10. Drain the chicken on a paper lined plate and sprinkle more Creole seasoning over it.
  11. Fry the other half of the chicken pieces. Pour all the oil except ½ cup out of the skillet.
  12. Whisk in the rest of the flour and let the mixture cook for a few minutes, scraping the stuck-on bits of chicken off the skillet.
  13. Whisk in the rest of the milk and bring the liquid to a boil.
  14. Turn it down to a simmer and season with salt and black pepper.
  15. Cook this gravy for 6 minutes.
  16. You can add some water if it goes too thick.
  17. Serve the mashed potatoes and fried chicken with the gravy over the top.

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Not only can chicken and white gravy be served for dinner with mashed potatoes but you can also turn it into breakfast by swapping the mashed potatoes for some bread and adding some fruit to the plate too. Yes chicken really is that versatile. If you enjoy steak or bacon for breakfast at the weekend, when you have more time to cook, you might like to swap that meat for chicken and discover the joys of a fried chicken breakfast. This is guaranteed to be better than leftover KFC because it offers a lovely, fresh flavor, and that typical Emeril touch of genius when it comes to the flavor.

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