Fried Chicken Heads


for the wet batter

  • 1 cup flat beer (or water)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • lots of ground black pepper
  • several shots of Tabasco

for the dry flour

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • lots of ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)


  • as many chicken head as possible (no need to remove brains or other interiors)
  • several cups of vegetable oil for frying


  1. Preheat the oven to 350, and set a baking rack over a sheet pan to hold the heads once they are fried.
  2. Make the wet batter: Combine the beer and egg yolk well in a small bowl.  Combine the flour, salt, pepper, and Tabasco in a medium bowl, whisking well.  Slowly pour the beer mixture into the flour mixture, stirring thoroughly to remove any flour lumps.  (If this mixture gets too thick from sitting out, thin with a tablespoon of water.)
  3. Make the dry flour: Combine all the ingredients, whisking well, and divide between two medium bowls (one bowl will be for the wet heads).
  4. Heat 1″ of vegetable oil to 365 in a medium to large pot (I use an 8-quart pot) with high sides.  If you don’t have a frying thermometer (I don’t), test the oil by dropping in a crouton-sized piece of bread–any old bread will do.  If it starts sizzling immediately and turning into an actual crouton, it’s good to go.  If not, it’s not hot enough–or it’s too hot if the bread starts to burn right away.
  5. While the oil heats, rinse and pat dry the chicken pieces. If you like, you can season the heads first, with salt, pepper, cayenne, or what have you.  Dredge the heads first in dry flour, then in wet batter, then in the other bowl of dry flour.  Set aside until ready to fry.
  6. Add heads to the hot oil in batches to avoid overcrowding; I fry 4 pieces at a time.  Fry for about 15 minutes per batch, turning over after 8 minutes, until golden brown and crispy.  Remove to the baking rack and let rest while you fry the other batches.
  7. When all the heads are fried and on the baking rack, place the baking sheet in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the juices run clear when a thigh is pierced with a knife.  Let cool about 5 minutes before eating.

  1. Bo Bo says:

    You people are sick


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