Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

Every time I watch the movie “The Help” I end up craving fried chicken. Hearing Minnie talk about the wonders of Crisco while Celia takes a bite of hot freshly-fried chicken would make anyone’s stomach grumble. That’s why it’s always good to have a classic fried chicken recipe in your back pocket. Invite people over and have a chicken-frying party. This is Paula Deen’s grandmother’s recipe. You can tell it’s a good old-fashioned recipe because it calls for the classic skillet rather than a modern deep fryer. You can also fry in a dutch oven. Try placing a round cooling rack in the bottom of your skillet or pot to keep your fried chicken from burning. Also try marinating the chicken in buttermilk or brining it in sweet tea.


– Salt and pepper

– Crisco shortening

– 3 eggs

– 1/3 cup water

– 2 cups self-rising flour

– 1 teaspoon pepper

– 1 2 1/2 lb. chicken, cut into pieces


Directions: Heat shortening in a cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F, enough to fully cover the chicken pieces. Beat eggs with water in a small bowl. In a shallow bowl, season flour with pepper. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture and then coat well in flour mixture. Carefully add to hot shortening, in batches if necessary, place lid on top of skillet, and fry until brown and crisp (13 to 14 minutes for dark meat pieces, 8 to 10 minutes for white meat pieces.)

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