Austin Scott, the culinary arts teacher for the Muscogee County School District, shows viewers how to make Sweet Tea Fried Chicken, which he adapted from a recipe he saw on the Food Network.
Step 1: Make one gallon of very strong iced tea. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and no more than 1 1 /2 cups of sugar and stir well. Cool to room temperature.
Step 2: Put the chicken in the tea to marinate for at least two hours. If you want to leave it any longer, put the whole container in the refrigerator.
Step 3: Mix three cups of all-purpose flour with 2 1 /2 tablespoons of your favorite seasoning. Scott uses a Cajun blend.
Step 4: In a pan, heat oil to 350 degrees.
Step 5: Take the chicken out of the marinade. Discard marinade. Pat each piece of chicken dry.
Step 6: Cover each chicken completely with the flour mixture.
Step 7: Drop the breasts first into the oil very carefully. About five minutes later, drop the thighs and drumsticks. A few minutes later, put in the wings. Breasts need to fry 13-15 minutes; the thighs and drumsticks need about eight minutes. The wings need less time than that. Make sure your meat thermometer registers 180 degrees when put into the thickest part of the chicken.
Step 8: Let the chicken drain on a paper towel and let it cool.