This 'Chicken Fried Egg' Recipe Is Dividing the Internet

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You've heard of fried chicken, of course. Then there's chicken fried steak, which actually doesn't involve chicken at all. (It's delicious, though!) And surely you've made a fried egg or two in your lifetime. But did you know...there's more? The plot chickens! 🐓

Introducing: Chicken. Fried. Eggs. These yolk-filled breakfast bombs don't actually have any chicken in them. (Or steak, for that matter.) But they do require a regular egg, all-purpose flour, some seasoning, and a whole lot of frying oil.

In a recent TikTok video, user @PepperBellyPete demonstrates how to cook a chicken fried egg at home. First, he cracks a raw egg into a large skillet filled with sizzling hot oil. It kind of looks like the way you'd make a poached egg—except in this case, he's using grease instead of water. Next, @PepperBellyPete removes the egg from the skillet and gently rolls it in a bed of seasoned flour. (Notice the yolk doesn't crack. That takes talent!) Finally, he drops the flour-covered egg back into the hot oil and lets it cook there until it becomes crispy.

At this point in the journey, the finished product really does look like fried chicken. But then, @PepperBellyPete breaks it apart to show off nothing but a perfectly fried egg underneath a layer of golden-brown goodness. Even though we watched the video from start to finish, this big reveal still somehow surprised us.

As you could imagine, the chicken fried egg recipe earned some, dare we say, scrambled reactions. Some people thought it was "brilliant" while other folks couldn't help but point out the health concerns. We think one TikTok user summed it up best: "Would I eat this? Yes. Would I regret it? Yes. Would I repeat? Yes."

Regardless of how you feel about it, the real star of this video was not the chicken fried egg. No, dear friends, all accolades must go to the mini hot sauce bracelet and its wearer, @PepperBellyPete. (Re-watch the end if you missed it!) Anyone who keeps a collection of hot sauce strapped to their wrist is someone we can trust in the kitchen. End of story.