Brooklyn Bowl's World-Famous Fried Chicken Recipe, Right Here

Everyone from Kanye West to Guns N' Roses has taken the stage at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl — Beyonce, Lorde and President Clinton have all hit the lanes — but it's the venue's comfort food menu that keeps the crowd coming back.

You haven't done Brooklyn Bowl right until you've demolished a platter of Blue Ribbon chef/owners Bruce and Eric Bromberg's original famous fried chicken. Chef Michael Psilakis called it "the best crispy, crunchy, yummy fried chicken I've had in my life." And that guy knows a good snack when he sees it.

Brooklyn Bowl's World-Famous Fried Chicken Recipe, Right Here
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  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teapoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup matzo meal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium chicken (about 3 pounds)
  • fine sea salt
  • freshly ground black and white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • honey
  1. Combine all ingredients and store in a covered container. Makes about 3/4 cup.
  2. Fill a large pot with oil to a depth of about 3 inches.
  3. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until a deep-fat thermometer reads 375°F. 
  4. Meanwhile, whisk the egg whites in a large, shallow bowl.
  5. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the matzo meal and flour.
  6. Keeping the dark meat and the white separate, dip each chicken piece in egg white and let excess drip back into the bowl.
  7. Roll each chicken piece in the matzo mix, and tap off excess. 
  8. Carefully lower the chicken thighs and drumsticks into the oil.
  9. After 3 minutes, carefully add the breast pieces. (Keep the oil at 375°F by adjusting heat as necessary.)
  10. Fry until dark-gold, about 10 minutes more.
  11. Transfer the fried chicken to a paper-towel-lined plate.
  12. Sprinkle immediately with salt and pepper. Then coat the pieces with the Cajun seasoning.
  13. Serve the chicken with honey, for dipping. 
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