You gotta love this holiday, as nothing is as american (except maybe apple pie) as fried chicken. It's been a staple of every picnic gathering I can remember in my family. Here's one of MY favorite recipes for this golden delight.
1/3 cup water
About 1 cup hot red pepper sauce
2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon pepper
Lawry's season salt
pepper to taste
1 to 2 1/2-pound chicken, cut into pieces
Oil, for frying, preferably peanut oil
In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. Add enough hot sauce so the egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with spices listed. Dip the seasoned chicken in the egg, and then coat well in the flour mixture.
Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pot. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp. Dark meat takes longer then white meat. It should take dark meat about 13 to 14 minutes, white meat around 8 to 10 minutes.