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

  • 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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  • Eric Casarez
    Eric Casarez 18 days ago

    Man he is the city version of Cowboy Kent Rollins... which is a great compliment.... or is maybe Kent the country version of Charles..... I wish they could meet and try each other's chicken and what not.... Charles is a great guy and an awesome chef.. Thank you for bringing warmth and old traditions to us... and Charles is ever so right about frying pans especially cast iron. Never throw your grandma's or great grandma's cast iron away, even if it is rusted it can be restored to new....

  • jerzeebrutha
    jerzeebrutha 18 days ago

    I went there based on this video. I ate all the fried chicken in the car. I didnt make it home with it. Seasoned well. Fried well. Was extremely good.

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  • t5styles333
    t5styles333 Month ago

    I like that guy! Feel-good video with feel-good food.

  • Tehcarp
    Tehcarp Month ago

    Too bad he’s soycumsized

  • Sexy Senpaii
    Sexy Senpaii 2 months ago

    Wait how do you season it or something what where the ingredients? Im confused

  • HogFanstuckinBama
    HogFanstuckinBama 2 months ago

    I'm learning to cook at 50 years old for my family. Thank you. You should come back down south.

  • Lonely Ranger
    Lonely Ranger 2 months ago

    Thanks buddy . I just subscribed! Great job!

  • NeoTurboManiac
    NeoTurboManiac 2 months ago

    I've been there a few times. Excellent fried chicken. The side dishes are great as well.

  • Stacy Hackney
    Stacy Hackney 3 months ago

    Yum. Looks delicious.

  • Soliloque 1
    Soliloque 1 3 months ago

    God bless you n ur story!! Looks delicious!! I love to cook n Been so insecure about frying chicken and thought it needed to be submerged but u have shown me otherwise n it’s less greasy.... looks like medium heat n TLC is the main trick!!

  • Faataatia Tupuola,Jr
    Faataatia Tupuola,Jr 3 months ago

    I gotta visit N.Y.😎

  • Naji
    Naji 3 months ago

    BEST CHICKEN IN HARLEM!!ON EVERYTHNG!!He was @a diff location before. Glad to see he's winning.

  • MrSayef
    MrSayef 4 months ago

    I wont be supprised if this man was denzels uncle

  • Indy Vin
    Indy Vin 4 months ago

    Good food, good person. Hope one day to try his good food. God bless.

  • Krupp Ratte
    Krupp Ratte 4 months ago

    Sounds pretty good.

  • pesiuber
    pesiuber 4 months ago +1

    Looks like Denzel

  • William S.
    William S. 5 months ago

    Had his chicken dozens of times. It’s the best.

  • Leonard Richardson
    Leonard Richardson 5 months ago +1

    Why does this guy remind me of Denzel Washington?

  • C Walters
    C Walters 5 months ago

    I used to always use a deep fryer but hes right... pan frying makes for a better piece of chicken. I won't fry without my cast iron now.

  • Guy8t4
    Guy8t4 6 months ago +1

    I feel like he’s had that Jerry curl since birth, and when he goes to the barbershop he’s like in his voice”bitch if mess my hair up imma cut u like a side breast”

  • Im Everyones Oni-Chan
    Im Everyones Oni-Chan 6 months ago

    ok this easy... {tries and fails} HOW DOES IT LOOK GOOD?

  • Rtyx
    Rtyx 6 months ago

    I sort of followed the very basic of this recipe with a lot ingredients lacking (And also missing his secret seasoning) yet it already tasted so amazing. This man must really make some killer fried chicken! I'd make his store a must-visit if I ever go!!

  • Allen Morris
    Allen Morris 6 months ago +1

    I love seeing black entrepreneurs 💰

  • Biehn ManoloTv
    Biehn ManoloTv 7 months ago

    Morgan Freeman 2.0

  • Josh Beals
    Josh Beals 7 months ago

    That’s awesome

  • Charmaine Payne
    Charmaine Payne 7 months ago

    Sir Mr.OG pan fry

  • HKA
    HKA 8 months ago

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

  • مختصر مفيد
    مختصر مفيد 8 months ago

    جميل جدا

  • chally man
    chally man 8 months ago

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

  • Jojo’s Caribbean Cuisine

    He’s on point

  • holiday 2406
    holiday 2406 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

  • theartist
    theartist 8 months 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 8 months ago

    Nothing but love & respect

  • Migdalia Madera
    Migdalia Madera 8 months 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 9 months ago

    LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I've been looking for this

  • Hilbert's Inn
    Hilbert's Inn 9 months ago

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

  • ghost theone
    ghost theone 9 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 9 months ago

    How often do u change ur oil?

  • Gboythunda
    Gboythunda 10 months ago

    Alright. Wish me luck yall

  • Shadow Beast
    Shadow Beast 10 months ago

    109 dislikes are racist

  • Badax Mamii
    Badax Mamii 10 months ago

    This chicken looks so dang good

  • Badax Mamii
    Badax Mamii 10 months ago

    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 Ellison
    Tom Ellison 10 months ago

    This guy is a badass motherfucker!

  • Dan Jo
    Dan Jo 10 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. 10 months ago

    Yep this the one !

  • Solomon Pierce
    Solomon Pierce 10 months ago

    I love this guy

  • Jay dub
    Jay dub 10 months ago

    Like Denzel Washington says on training day My nigga

  • Kate Turner
    Kate Turner 10 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 10 months ago

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

  • Jennifer Hunter
    Jennifer Hunter 10 months ago

    Looks yummy

    CHRONIC_ONLY Cx 10 months ago

    Kfc and watermelon

  • Toad Gnome
    Toad Gnome 11 months ago

    I love this guy.

  • BoyBalastog
    BoyBalastog 11 months ago +2

    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.

  • Brenchong
    Brenchong 11 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 11 months ago

    Dude looking like uncle ruckus

  • indomitable jihad
    indomitable jihad 11 months ago

    He look like denzel washigton

  • karl jason kub-ao
    karl jason kub-ao 11 months ago

    really the best way to fry a chicken.

  • Chris A
    Chris A 11 months ago

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

  • Shaw of Everything
    Shaw of Everything 11 months ago

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

  • raymund usi
    raymund usi 11 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.

    CLUTCHMASTER BEATS 11 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 11 months ago

    damnnn amazing!

  • Suave
    Suave 11 months ago

    Thats a lot of Oil brother .....

  • hamiltontran
    hamiltontran 11 months ago

    Awesome story

  • pickle rick
    pickle rick 11 months ago

    Thank you boss man 👌

  • jamie r
    jamie r 11 months ago

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

  • Qaled hemday
    Qaled hemday Year ago +1

    nice work man i really like that

  • Lillian Balkum
    Lillian Balkum Year ago

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

  • Super Hot Fire
    Super Hot Fire Year 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

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

  • Miss Shannon Lee
    Miss Shannon Lee Year ago +1

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

  • Mason M
    Mason M Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Syuna
    Syuna Year ago

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

  • Cory Ziegler
    Cory Ziegler Year ago

    God's plan.


    Thank you Sir!! Great chicken!!

  • Angel Rolo
    Angel Rolo Year ago

    this was posted on my birthday im 17 :)

  • GraveyWavey
    GraveyWavey Year ago

    I need the formuoliiii!!!

  • xart23x
    xart23x Year ago

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

  • BloozeDaddy
    BloozeDaddy Year ago

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

  • Pyrethryn
    Pyrethryn Year 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 Year ago

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

  • crimfan
    crimfan Year ago

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

  • Joshua Spector
    Joshua Spector Year ago

    man, his stuff looks so good.

  • Tyler Hottman
    Tyler Hottman Year ago

    Wtf this guy is adorable

  • Bia Rose
    Bia Rose Year ago

    He almost burned his hands🔥🔥

  • James Howden
    James Howden Year 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 Year 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 9 months ago

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

  • biobele william-west

    That’s fried chicken

  • Rick James
    Rick James Year ago

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

  • Pushing 4Better
    Pushing 4Better Year ago

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

  • noah lawrence
    noah lawrence Year ago

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

  • rb26dett
    rb26dett Year ago

    Beautiful soul. Happy for his success

  • BM03
    BM03 Year 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

    Great Job God Bless😇Good Fried Chicken

  • smashthestate
    smashthestate Year ago

    a mans life dedicated to frying. thanks capitalism