Virginia (Ginger) Dean Recipe

Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

By Virginia (Ginger) Dean grannyginger

4 to 6
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Deep Fry

Naturally fried chicken is considered Southern crusine. Folks young and old enjoy good fried chicken...especially home cooked. My husband says I'm the champion fried chicken cooker. Don't know about that, but everyone who has ever tried mine really loves it, and wants to know how I get it so crispy. Hope my explanatin of how I cook fried chicken helps you develop the skills of preparing a genuine Southern tradition.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This one will make you look like you're kin to the Colonel! We love the buttermilk soak combined with the self-rising flour... super crunchy.


pieces chicken breast tenderloins, boneless, skinless
2 c
buttermilk, or enough to cover chicken pieces
3 to 4 c
unbleached plain or white lily® unbleached self-rising flour
1 rounded Tbsp
rumford baking powder (if using plain flour)
app. 3-4 c
cooking oil
1/2 tsp
salt per cup of plain flour used
salt and pepper to taste
2 c
sweet milk
if you fry more than one batch of chicken increase your flour and oil accordingly.

Directions Step-By-Step

I soak my chicken in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Overnight is okay.
Stir eggs into milk using a fork or wire whisk.
Prepare 3 bowls or pans with flour in two of them and milk egg mixture in a third pan. Have extra flour ready to add to bowls or pans as flour gets clumped up.
You'll be double dipping your chicken. Since it gets kind of messy I put waxed paper under my pans.
As you remove chicken pieces from buttermilk do the following:
1. Put them into egg/milk mixture
2. Batter in flour
3 Dip again into egg/milk mixture
4. Batter them again in flour
This will give you a wonderful, thick and crispy crust on your chicken.
Fry chicken in 2 to 3 inches of hot oil. Maintain a medium high temperature. You can't fry chicken too hot, or it will burn...but if your temperature is too low your chicken will be soggy. Also, to have crispy fried chicken, never cover your pan with a lid.
Turn chicken pieces carefully while frying. I turn my chicken several times while it is cooking using tongs. I usually fry 7 or 8 pieces at the time and it takes about 20 minutes per batch. (When company is coming I'll do at least 16 pieces of chicken in two batches).
Fry chicken to a pretty sort of golden brown color.
Always be very careful and safe when working with hot oil.
If you are frying more than one pan full of chicken, make sure you remove the crumbs from your grease with a slotted spoon or strainer between batches. If necessary add more oil to your second batch as needed.
Drain chicken on napkins or paper towels.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American

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Robin J. DeLucca perrogal
Sep 8, 2014
WOW, I can't believe I didn't make my comments, but better late than never!! I made this chicken several months ago and my husband raved about it and keeps asking me to make it again. I'm a little reluctant as it was pretty messy but that may have been just me!! hahaha I told him I'd get the supplies today and make it again tomorrow after the soak overnight. I may just have to make this a once a month meal it's so good. Ginger, congrats on your blue ribbon, this is excellent!!!
Robin J. DeLucca perrogal
Sep 8, 2014
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Shirley Murtagh Squirrelishone
Jun 12, 2014
I notice that you mentioned to use 8 pieces of chicken tenderloins. Do you use only the tenderloin pieces or the chicken breasts? Sorry, but not sure what you mean as you didn't say to remove the tenderloin only boneless and skinless.
Angel Fish Angel_Fish
Jun 4, 2014
Too much breading for my taste.
Mary` mary mfh2323
Jun 4, 2014
Congrats on the blue ribbon, sounds AWESOME!! We have a family reunion on Saturday, and chicken is on sale. I believe that is a great combo!!