Lisa's Original Herbed Fried Chicken Mix--UPDATED!

Lisa Crum


I get a lot of compliments on my fried chicken from friends and family. I've adjusted and experimented around a lot over the years, but the central idea hasn't varied. Now, I just eyeball my ingredients when I throw this together, but at the request of a friend, I've put together what I believe is a true representation of what goes in my dry coating. Hope you enjoy this! There's not a thing wrong with just plain salt, pepper and flour (I was raised on Granny Gladys's old-fashioned chicken and it was the best around!), but I think you'll like the pleasant, very flavorful kick that comes from adding these other ingredients. This is my personal rendition of a country classic. It's a little more rustic-looking than the chicken tender trays you get at the local supermarket deli...but if you want to wow someone with a party-worthy chicken tray, fix and send them some of this! Hope you enjoy...

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5 Min


Deep Fry


5-6 c
all-purpose or whole wheat flour (or a combination the two) ------updated! gone gluten free now...substitute brown rice flour for the wheat flour for gluten-free recipe----it's great and makes a fabulous crunchy texture!!!
heaping tablespoons mrs. dash original or table blend (table blend works best as a mix, but i've used both kinds)
1/3 c
parsley flakes
1/2 Tbsp
black pepper
1/2 Tbsp
salt (more or less to taste, or you can omit altogether if you're trying to reduce your sodium)
1/2 to 1 tsp
cayenne or ground red pepper, or to taste
1 tsp
celery salt
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
granulated garlic or garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1/3 to 1/2 c
onion powder (not onion salt)
1 tsp
thyme, dried
1 tsp
crushed rosemary

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix together in Ziploc bag. I separate into portions so that I don’t get the whole batch all messy! I store the unused portion in the freezer for the next time around. This will probably be enough for you to fry up multiple batches, and it’s great to keep a bag on hand for last minute cravings for chicken!
The way I do my fried chicken is this…I either buy boneless thighs and breasts (chicken tenders are also great) and chunk them up into chicken strips; or I cut up, skin, and bone a whole chicken and cut into strips and bite-side pieces. (the leftover carcass is awfully good to make chicken stock!) Keeping the chicken boneless makes it fry faster and is a lot more kid-friendly, but there’s nothing wrong at all with doing it bone-in, the good old-fashioned way either! I’ve done it that way too! If you're like me, you generally look for what's the better bargain at the time. There IS no bad fried chicken…some’s just better than others!
If you're interested in how I actually marinate my chicken prior to frying, I soak my cut-up chicken pieces several hours or overnight (refrigerated) in a mixture of about 4 cups buttermilk, ½ cup apple cider vinegar and about ½ large bottle Frank’s Red Hot (you can half this...when I fry, it's usually for a crowd, and the marinade goes a long way). Don't be fooled by the hot pepper sauce...this chicken is not "Cajun spicy" as you might imagine...just very flavorful instead of hot.

Also I tried something new today...had way more chicken than I plan to fry, so I put the extra chicken in bags with a little of the marinade and froze it for later. I may comment at a later time about how that went...
Lift chicken out of buttermilk marinade, drain off excess and shake in bag of coating to thoroughly coat. Fry the way you normally prefer to fry your own--deep fried at 350 degrees, or low and slow in a cast iron skillet. When it's tender on the inside and deep, golden brown on the outside, you're there.

There is no wrong way to do this...marinated or just washed and rolled in the dry mix. Before the buttermilk kick we got on, I just washed and cut up the chicken and left to soak in a light brine mixture...but if you do this, don't add too much salt or your chicken will be too salty. The kosher salt is good to get excess blood out of the chicken (I hate that white gunk that forms on chicken when it's not bled well), but the chicken does absorb some of the saltiness. Just be aware of that, and adjust accordingly! Some folks also prefer to do an egg dip instead. I've done that and it's good too. Fix this the way YOU like it!
Drain fried chicken on paper towels and serve. It’s good hot, it’s good cold-- and maybe, just maybe, you’ll have a few pieces leftover for a midnight icebox raid!

About this Recipe

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