Fried Chicken Melanie

Melanie B


This is our family favorite. Best comfort food EVER. The HUGE secret is to use a heavy pan. The non-stick skillets and thin frying pans won't do the job. I personally have never had luck with the iron skillet. We always seem to have left over gravy and I love to make a big dish of mashed potatoes with gravy and corn for lunch the next day. This also makes the best cold fried chicken because the skin doesn't get all soggy (there is no skin). One of my boys like to put hot sauce in the egg mixture for a little zip. It is really good for a change.

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20 Min


30 Min


Stove Top


chicken, skin removed
1/4 c
1 c
seasoned salt
crisco or other shortening (do not use oil)

Directions Step-By-Step

Use a HEAVY skillet--non stick won't do the trick.
Over medium, heat enough Crisco to come about 1/2 way up the side of the skillet.
Pick the number of pieces you need to serve your family, and parts that your family likes. My youngest and I like boneless breast, my older son and husband like drums and thighs on the bone.

Remove all skin and visible fat from the chicken.
Whisk the milk and egg together in a shallow dish
Put the flour in a separate shallow dish.
Dip the chicken in the egg mixture, then sprinkle season salt on one side, dip that side in the four, sprinkle season salt the other side and cover with four. Dip back in the egg mixture, then flour again without the seasoning salt.
Place in the hot oil. Repeat with the remaining pieces. Fry for 12-15 minutes per side over medium heat. Do not mess with the chicken after you put it in the pan except to turn it. Do not cover.

This picture was taken using chicken tenders. They only took about 10 minutes each side. Chicken on the bone will take a bit longer.

Just before the chicken is done, in a shaker container, put 1 1/2 c milk and 1/4 c flour, shake until well blended.
Remove all cooked chicken from the pan. Pour off all but about a tablespoon of the excess grease, being careful to leave the 'crunchies' in the pan. Return to the heat and whisk in the flour/milk mixture. Add more season salt to taste and add more milk until the gravy reaches the desired consistency.
Enjoy with mashed potatoes and corn.

I'm getting giddy just looking at the recipe!!
This is my all time favorite meal!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #Fried