The Perfect Pan-Fried Chicken, According to Charles Gabriel | Food Skills

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  • Published on Feb 19, 2018
  • A semi-finalist for Best Chef at the 2018 James Beard Awards, Charles Gabriel breaks down the keys to his now legendary pan-fried chicken recipe. Often neglected for a deep-fryer and a vat of oil, the giant pan makes for a crispier, juicier final product, and requires non-stop focus from the chef. At Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, whole birds are butchered, battered, and then flipped one-by-one in the pan until golden brown. A staple in Harlem, New York, and a boon to home cooks everywhere, the pan-fried style perfected by Gabriel will change the way you look at fried chicken.
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  • Josh Beals
    Josh Beals 4 days ago

    That’s awesome

  • Charmaine Payne
    Charmaine Payne 13 days ago

    Sir Mr.OG pan fry

  • HKA
    HKA 16 days ago

    Why am I paying for the health insurance of people that eat this?

  • مختصر مفيد
    مختصر مفيد 18 days ago

    جميل جدا

  • chally man
    chally man 19 days ago

    Impressive how he turned that whole chicken into 9 pieces that fast

  • J’aime Natural Beauty

    He’s on point

  • holiday 2406
    holiday 2406 22 days ago

    I'd love to try his Fried Chicken. My mom made awesome Fried chicken......too bad a live quite a ways away from his restaurant. My mom has passed away, and i sure would love to try good fried chicken! :)

  • selflessman
    selflessman 24 days ago

    I tried deep frying a few weeks ago, and it was a disaster. I set it to 335, and it took too long for the meat to reach 165. So I wounded up with overly cooked crust, however the meat was okay. Last night I used my nuwave induction cooktop, and set it to 375, using a frying pan like you suggest. And the same thing happened, even though I was moving the chicken around like you said. By the way, I was frying these huge chicken thighs from Sams Club. I'm assuming that's why it's taking so long to cook, causing my crust to over cook. If this is the problem, how big should my chicken pieces be. If I go ahead and by a whole chicken, and cut it in to pieces like you, how many pounds should the chicken be. I read some where around 2 1/2, to 3lb, which seemed kind of small. I don't want to have to eat the whole chicken to get full. But if 2 1/2 to 3lbs is right, please let me know. Or let me know what else could be making my chicken take so long to cook, causing my crust to overcook. Thanks.

  • Shane Cormier
    Shane Cormier 25 days ago

    Chicken made with love. Just goes to show you. If you do what you love, you'll always be successful.

  • theartist
    theartist 29 days ago

    I went to this place a In the spring while on vacation in New York. I am a native of New York and grew up eating in great local community restaurants. On this visit I was excited to taste this fried chicken since it was voted best in the city. When I got to his location right next door to him was another fried chicken joint. Charles place was empty and no one was at the counter. We looked around and a young girl came from behind the counter and we asked her were they open. She made no eye contact with us and she shook her head no. Then a woman appeared and we asked her were they open and she said they were closed due to a pluming issue. She said Charles was down in the basement cooking and food would be available in a few hours. I told her we were in town on vacation and we were disappointed but we would try and come back another time. She then told me that she did not give a Fuck if we ever came back. So the next day I called and asked if I could speak to Charles. The woman on the other end sounded just like the women from the day before. She asked if I was that punk Bitch from yesterday. I said I don't know what you mean by that and asked again if Charles was there. Again she told me to go Fuck myself and hung up. Needless to say I never had a chance to try his chicken. I'll be in New York in 2019 and I hope to meet him and tell him my story.

  • Christopher Clarke
    Christopher Clarke Month ago

    Nothing but love & respect

  • Migdalia Madera
    Migdalia Madera Month ago

    Everything on that plate looks so delicious I'm getting hungry now for some fried chicken, thank you for sharing this video with us. 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗😉🐔🐔🐔🍗🍗

  • David Putrus
    David Putrus 2 months ago

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I've been looking for this

  • Hilbert's Inn
    Hilbert's Inn 2 months ago

    This guy kind of looks like a hybrid clone of Albert Collins and Buddy Guy.

  • ghost theone
    ghost theone 2 months ago

    He know what he's doing but the green cutting board is the wrong color think you need red Playboy

  • DJ Revolver
    DJ Revolver 2 months ago

    How often do u change ur oil?

  • Gboythunda
    Gboythunda 2 months ago

    Alright. Wish me luck yall

  • Shadow Beast
    Shadow Beast 2 months ago

    109 dislikes are racist

  • Learn with Passion and time

    This chicken looks so dang good

  • Learn with Passion and time

    Omg the way he explains his chicken recipe is just amazing you can just tell he’s not lying about making the best chicken he really doesn😍😭

  • Tom Satterly
    Tom Satterly 2 months ago

    This guy is a badass motherfucker!

  • Dan Jo
    Dan Jo 2 months ago

    Gotta get back to Harlem real soon, just to see all my old friends ...... and try his TASTY Chicken!!

  • J. E.
    J. E. 2 months ago

    Yep this the one !

  • Solomon Pierce
    Solomon Pierce 2 months ago

    I love this guy

  • Jason Wright
    Jason Wright 3 months ago

    Like Denzel Washington says on training day My nigga

  • Kate Turner
    Kate Turner 3 months ago

    To Charles Gabriel, thank you for sharing your wonderful skill with us. I look forward to trying fried chicken in a frying pan myself!

  • mensa517
    mensa517 3 months ago

    i'm coming to NY just to try this chicken...my uncle used to live on 118th and lex before he died and i never knew about this place

  • Jennifer Hunter
    Jennifer Hunter 3 months ago

    Looks yummy

  • Realarkgrinder Only
    Realarkgrinder Only 3 months ago

    Kfc and watermelon

  • Toad Gnome
    Toad Gnome 3 months ago

    I love this guy.

  • BoyBalastog
    BoyBalastog 3 months ago +1

    Most pan-fried recipes I've seen have dark or charred spots where the chicken was contacting the bottom of the pan, and so browned faster there. How Charles Gabriel manages to make evenly browned chicken by constantly turning them in the pan really shows how much work and attention he puts in.

  • PyratedSyd
    PyratedSyd 3 months ago +1

    luke cage better protect this place

  • Henry Howard Music Association

    He kind of sounds like an older Jay-Z

  • Jakob Glatz
    Jakob Glatz 3 months ago

    Dude looking like uncle ruckus

  • BIG BRO lil sis
    BIG BRO lil sis 3 months ago

    He look like denzel washigton

  • karl jason kub-ao
    karl jason kub-ao 3 months ago

    really the best way to fry a chicken.

  • Chris A
    Chris A 3 months ago

    0:26 how does he stop the oil from catcing on fire?

  • Shaw of Everything
    Shaw of Everything 3 months ago

    Man, I have got to visit America, that chicken just looked too damn good.

  • raymund usi
    raymund usi 3 months ago

    I can never get my oil even one inch height, cooking oil is expensive and using large volumes just for fried food is not that practical in our home and wastes oil.

  • Smeagol Smeagol
    Smeagol Smeagol 4 months ago

    it human meat, delicious human meat.

  • Dre Loco aka ZFG BEATS
    Dre Loco aka ZFG BEATS 4 months ago

    Don’t sleep on Harlem or anywhere in NY they have a lot of nice soul food spots pizza joints and chicken spots out there

  • Akbar The Great
    Akbar The Great 4 months ago

    damnnn amazing!

  • Suave
    Suave 4 months ago

    Thats a lot of Oil brother .....

  • hamiltontran
    hamiltontran 4 months ago

    Awesome story

  • pickle rick
    pickle rick 4 months ago

    Thank you boss man 👌

  • jamie r
    jamie r 4 months ago

    Close your eyes and you'll hear Bobby Boucher...true story

  • Qaled hemday
    Qaled hemday 4 months ago +1

    nice work man i really like that

  • Lillian Balkum
    Lillian Balkum 4 months ago

    He's so humble,his chicken is really the best.

  • Super Hot Fire
    Super Hot Fire 4 months ago

    Missy Elliot could sum this video up to
    “You our that thang down, flip it and reverse it.”:how to fry chicken

  • Raghu Devabhaktuni
    Raghu Devabhaktuni 4 months ago

    went there last year on vacation, the best southern restaurant in harlem PERIOD

  • Miss Shannon Lee
    Miss Shannon Lee 4 months ago +1

    Great video!!! I wanna know the special seasoning!! Lol

  • Mason M
    Mason M 4 months ago

    Soybean oil does not withstand high cooking temperatures well, so it is not a good choice for grilling, roasting or frying foods. However, it works well for gentle sautes of either meat or vegetables -- or even as a marinade for these foods prior to high-heat cooking. Because it has a neutral flavor, soybean oil may not be ideal for salad dressings, unless you want a light flavor. You can use soybean oil in foods that are already highly seasoned -- many ethnic cuisines -- as it will not compete with the flavors of the dish.

  • Missourigirlnat
    Missourigirlnat 5 months ago

    I love this guy! What a sweet man he is. Looks like awesome chicken!

  • Syuna
    Syuna 5 months ago

    Man that looks good I want to eat some fried chicken 🍗 I’m gunna pan fry some chicken tmr

  • Cory Ziegler
    Cory Ziegler 5 months ago

    God's plan.

  • LORRIE VIVALASVEGAS
    LORRIE VIVALASVEGAS 5 months ago

    Thank you Sir!! Great chicken!!

  • Angel Rolo
    Angel Rolo 5 months ago

    this was posted on my birthday im 17 :)

  • GraveyWavey
    GraveyWavey 5 months ago

    I need the formuoliiii!!!

  • xart23x
    xart23x 5 months ago

    Mouth watered. You can tell he's passionate about his chicken and that's why it's probably so good.

  • BloozeDaddy
    BloozeDaddy 5 months ago

    secret ingredients of EVERYONE'S fried chicken : garlic powder / onion powder/seasoned salt

  • Pyrethryn
    Pyrethryn 6 months ago

    Is it because of his oil choice that it doesn't catch fire!? I was on the edge of my chair the whole time, look how high that oil was and how close it was next to the flame! Would like a serious answer, I do love me some pan fried chicken but I use a cast iron wok and can only get a few pieces in at a time (because I'm scared to hell of the potential fire.) And illumination would be most appreciated.
    That chicken looked amazing though.

  • Mohamed Kamal
    Mohamed Kamal 6 months ago

    He looks like a Denzel Washington's older brother, lol but his chicken looks like absolute money..!!

  • crimfan
    crimfan 6 months ago

    I gotta try that. I know where it is too!

  • Joshua Spector
    Joshua Spector 6 months ago

    man, his stuff looks so good.

  • Tyler Hottman
    Tyler Hottman 6 months ago

    Wtf this guy is adorable

  • Sha Brianna
    Sha Brianna 6 months ago

    He almost burned his hands🔥🔥

  • James Howden
    James Howden 6 months ago

    Sounds like such a kindhearted man, would love to try this chicken. Love these videos, just make you feel good. Man is clearly enjoying his life and what he is doing :)

  • Steve Logan
    Steve Logan 6 months ago +2

    I am an irishman from rural kentucky and this man knows how to cook fried chicken, seems like a really nice fellow also, i'd tear up some of that yardbird

    • auscaliber1
      auscaliber1 2 months ago

      You're not an Irishman, you're an American. You Americans are so fucking weird about that shit.

  • biobele william-west
    biobele william-west 6 months ago

    That’s fried chicken

  • Rick James
    Rick James 6 months ago

    Chicken with the mac n the greens n the cornbread ..tell u what

  • Pushing 4Better
    Pushing 4Better 6 months ago

    my man. chicken looks great hope someday I get to try it!

  • noah lawrence
    noah lawrence 6 months ago

    collard greens cornbread mac n cheese and fried chicken. soul food right there

  • rb26dett
    rb26dett 6 months ago

    Beautiful soul. Happy for his success

  • BM03
    BM03 6 months ago

    There's some peace to this man that makes you want to punch anyone that says absolutely anything mean about him.

  • Mick Cotton Bar -B - Q
    Mick Cotton Bar -B - Q 7 months ago

    Great Job God Bless😇Good Fried Chicken

  • smashthestate
    smashthestate 7 months ago

    a mans life dedicated to frying. thanks capitalism

  • sky nguyen
    sky nguyen 7 months ago +1

    How do you prevent the blood to come out the chicken piece? My fried drunkstick would have those dark spot from the blood. Whats the secret?

  • Sylvain M
    Sylvain M 7 months ago

    I think I remember this restaurant from Precious , no ? It was also in Harlem

  • Kyle 123
    Kyle 123 7 months ago

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  • GiggaPlaysGames
    GiggaPlaysGames 7 months ago

    That chicken looks good as heck

  • Lift1One
    Lift1One 7 months ago

    I see that Mambo Sauce they're squirting on that chicken. On another note, soybean oil. That's probably the worst oil to fry in.

  • Just some random k pop trash

    That looks amazing ;0; I chose to watch this while I'm hungry XD

  • Infinity 95
    Infinity 95 7 months ago

    That plate with the cornbread on the side at 2:30 does it for me:)

  • theartist
    theartist 7 months ago

    My man rocks that fried chicken, yummy.

  • In The Kitchen With Sandy

    Perfect!

  • Mohit Sharma
    Mohit Sharma 7 months ago

    Is it just me or he remind you of Denzel Washington?

  • Zel The Viking
    Zel The Viking 7 months ago

    I was in New York looking for a great place that served fried chicken when I was over there a couple years ago. Never found a good spot.
    Now I know where I'm going, if I ever go back!

  • Allan Fisch
    Allan Fisch 7 months ago

    I can't wait to try this the next time i'm in NYC.

  • ronnel laurente
    ronnel laurente 7 months ago

    Man, didn't know Denzel Washington's father was this good.

  • Lifestyle Pin
    Lifestyle Pin 7 months ago

    Those are real tasty food that you want to eat again and again

  • Timothy Threet
    Timothy Threet 7 months ago

    I would watch him talk about cooking for hours.

  • yongdol73
    yongdol73 7 months ago

    U know it is good shit just looking at it

  • Comicbookluvr
    Comicbookluvr 7 months ago +1

    I trust anyone that pronounces oil like "orl" with my fried chicken any day!

  • Cliff P
    Cliff P 7 months ago

    If you don’t give the recipe don’t show case how to!

  • Samuel Markert
    Samuel Markert 7 months ago

    I want to hang out with him, and eat that delicious fried chicken

  • Jonathan Sanzari
    Jonathan Sanzari 7 months ago

    I bet him and Mr. Brown got along famously.

  • Mo Ali
    Mo Ali 8 months ago

    This guy is the real kernel

  • Rei Moon
    Rei Moon 8 months ago

    I hope I can find a career I love as much as this guy loves his.

  • shawn wright
    shawn wright 8 months ago

    Love this kind of simple to the point and GENUINE person to person approach.

  • Mr.Vore_
    Mr.Vore_ 8 months ago

    i want chicken now