Eric Theiss Makes Fried Chicken Extra Crispy in the Copper Chef Pan

Are you looking for amazing chicken recipes? Look no further.

I’m Eric Theiss. And I’ve finally perfected my classic fried chicken recipe in the Copper Chef Pan.

The Copper Chef nonstick pan is six pans in one. It replaces so many of the pots and pans that once cluttered my kitchen cabinets.

Did you know the Copper Chef pan transforms instantly into a professional deep-fryer? In my opinion, it does a much better job.

When I’m frying my family’s favorite crispy-fried dinner recipes, the Copper Chef helps me to get perfect results every time.


The Copper Chef copper pan is extremely lightweight. Can you say the same thing about your deep-fryer?

I didn’t think so.

Plus, it’s designed with heavy-duty, riveted handles, so it’s easy to carry just about anywhere. I can take it from the stove-top and put it right in the oven.

Or, I can take it from any stove-top and set it right on the table (on a heat-resistant surface). The attractive, classic copper style makes it a perfect serving dish.

Plus, I never have to worry about hours of messy clean-up. When it comes to ceramic, Copper Chef’s nonstick coating is state-of-the-art. So nothing sticks to the pan.

After 20 years in the culinary industry, I’ve tried many other brands of nonstick cookware that claim to have professional-grade nonstick ceramic coating.

But then I’m soaking and scrubbing for hours afterwards. With the Copper Chef, there’s no mess and no stress.

I just pop the CopperChef nonstick frying pan into the dishwasher or wipe it out easily. Even after I’ve just cooked a huge batch of this mouthwatering, southern fried chicken to feed my entire family!

Quick and easy meals always mean quick and easy clean up when I’m cooking in my Copper Chef.

This homemade fried chicken comes out with the perfect, crispy-fried texture and taste. Just serve with your favorite dipping sauces and you’re all set!

Tip: Use boneless chicken breast instead of thighs and legs to make crispy chicken tenders kids love.

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Eric’s Extra Crispy Fried Chicken

Serves 4


2 chicken drumsticks

2 chicken thighs

1 qt. buttermilk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. smoked paprika

1 tbsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper, ground

1 tsp. chili powder

3 qt. vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Fill Copper Chef pan ¾ of the way with vegetable oil. Do not overfill. Preheat to 375.
  2. Combine chicken and buttermilk. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl, combine spices with flour.
  4. Dredge chicken in flour mixture.
  5. Place Fry Basket into the filled Copper Chef.
  6. Slowly and carefully drop battered chicken into the hot oil.
  7. Repeat step 6 until golden brown.
  8. When chicken is done, pull Fry Basket up. Rest on the side of the Copper Chef pan using the hook. Let any excess oil drain from chicken.
  9. Serve with mashed potatoes and your favorite dipping sauces.



8 thoughts on “Eric Theiss Makes Fried Chicken Extra Crispy in the Copper Chef Pan

  1. Joe

    How about using a healthy oil like canola or peanut oil. Any problems with that?

    • copperchef

      A little oil of any kind is ok in the pan!

  2. Kristie

    I made the Southern Fried Chicken today and it was delightful! I did soak my chicken in buttermilk overnight. Since the wire basket worked so well I was able to empty it out and fry some potatoes to go with the chicken. Clean up was easy, no sticking to the bottom of the pan. My family loved it and sadly only one piece of chicken is left.

  3. Hi! I have a question for you. I called and ordered the square copper set of 6 pieces,3 weeks ago, (and still waiting for it.) The lady on the phone told me the 9.5 inch square pan( that they advertise, 9.5 square pan is the ONLY size you have, so is really NOT very large, so she suggested I BUY a 11,5 square pan, for not to much more. I agreed. I just read on here, that the SQUARE PAN WAS9.5 inch square pan is the only size you have————————————–so how can I get a 11.5 inch one?
    I thought I understand the lady when I placed my order, but apparently NOT, As I just received a BLENDER with NO invoice at all on Sat, but still NO copper PAN?
    When did I order this blender/processor that came with 2 Xcelerator books. I called today to see WHERE MY PAN was?
    She said I ORDERED it, ,and also told me that the blender should have said “1 of 2” boxes, but said 1 box, and NO papers. The lady I talked to today was in Mexico, and very nice, so I decided I would keep the BLENDER, as long as I get my squRE PAN soon TH NK YOU. sincerely, Kathy EMIG

    • copperchef

      Hi Kathy. We do have an 11-inch pan. You can see everything we currently offer by visiting Please contact customer service again if you do not receive your pan soon.

  4. I love the commercial panXL

  5. can this recipe be used in the copper crisper instead of oil?

    • copperchef

      Hi Cherie, yes you can use this for the crisper but be sure to check the internal temp of the chicken to make sure it’s done.

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