Fried Chicken Recipe | First Prize 1998

Recipe for Fried Chicken Recipe | First Prize 1998


1 fryer, cut up
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup ground almonds


Mix honey with orange juice and water. In separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Place breadcrumbs in a third bowl, and almonds in a fourth.

Dip chicken pieces first in flour to coat them thoroughly, then dip into juice mixture. Then roll in crumbs to coat thoroughly, dip a second time into juice, and roll in ground almonds. Fry in one inch of clear oil at 360 degrees F, until crisp and cooked through.


Serves 4 to 6.

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Bon Appetite

I will be making this tonight. I brine poultry over night with little or no salt added. So will be brining in the orange juice with rosemary and other herbs and spices to taste. In the future I will be making with other citrus flavors: grapefruit, lemon, lime, etc. I plan on making with other sweeteners: maple syrup, root beer, ginger ale, half & half soda (found mostly in New England, I think it is a grapefruit/lemon soda). I don't like almonds, but think it would be great with cashews (or any nut). I also cook all meat low (250*) & slow to recommended inside doneness temperature. I never deep fry, never owned one. I usually use my air-fryer oven; which is just a toaster oven with convection that you can't turn off the blowing air. That's all that an air-fryer is; nothing more, nothing less. Well, air-fryer ovens do have the rotisserie which most toaster ovens don't have. I am going to have so much fun with playing with this recipe, even on the grill with smoking added to the mix. Thank you for sharing it with us.


At 360 f, the coating immediately started to turn black. By the time the chicken was done, it was too burnt to eat. I am considered a good cook, but this was the worst thing I have ever made.
And I followed the recipe to a T.

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We’re sorry to hear that the recipe did not turn out well. We personally test the recipes that are entered into our contests and this was a prize winner. We made it without issue,


With all the honey and oj does this cause the chicken to burn or become to dark?

fried chicken recipe

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Hi, Debbie. This prize-winning recipe did not burn and turned out moist and crunchy. We hope you enjoy it.

WANT to know how to convert from OIL to Air Fryer>>>

How would U convert from oil frying to Air fryer???

air fryer recipe

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We would recommend consulting the instruction manual that comes with the air fryer.

Dry before Liquid?

Dipping the chicken into the flour portion of the recipe and then into the liquid... doesn't the flour just 'rinse off' in the mixture? What is keeping that from happening? Thanks.

why dip chicken in flour before liquid

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Hi, Verdie. If you dipped the chicken into the juice first, it would just slide off. There would be nothing for it to hold on to, therefore, dipping the chicken first in the flour gives it a base. We hope that helps!

Fried Chicken

your answer to Verdie references dipping into egg; there is no egg listed in the this a recipe typo, or an inappropriate answer?

Fried chicken 1st prize 1998

Is the taste greatly affected if almonds are omitted? My grandson has a nut allergy.

cooking with ground almonds

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You can easily substitute with more bread crumbs. The almonds do add a nice texture and taste, but it can certainly be altered for someone with an allergy.

Fried Chicken with Almonds

I made this recipe on July 01 , 2018 and it was a hit . The only thing I recommend is to double your recipe ingredients cause I ran a little short for mine .

Ground almonds

It calls for ground almonds, can I use almond flour?

substitute almond flour for ground almonds

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Yes, you can make that substitution. Enjoy!

Fried Chicken (First Prize 1998)

The recipe calls for undiluted orange juice. I am confused by this. The only orange juice that is usually diluted is frozen concentrate. Is this the kind of orange juice you mean? Or just ordinary orange juice?
Thanks for your time

undiluted orange juice

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You are correct! We have fixed the recipe so that it is more clear. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

Question about this recipe

Do you mean frozen concentrated orange juice?

undiluted orange juice

The Editors's picture

You are correct! We have fixed the recipe so that it is more clear. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.