Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

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Serves: 4 to 6
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Cooking Method: Deep Fry


8 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
2 eggs
if you fry more than one batch of chicken increase your flour and oil accordingly.

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Virginia (Ginger) Dean Recipe
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Toomsboro, GA (pop. 472)
Member Since Jun 2012
Virginia (Ginger)'s notes for this recipe:
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.
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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.


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.

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user Jennifer Reinke topmom3 - Jul 1, 2012
thanks for the great recipe! I will save this to try hopefully this week. My mom (also with the name Virginia!) used to make this for my birthday upon my request. Now that she is gone, wish I had paid more attention to her making this. She never wrote down the recipe.
user Virginia (Ginger) Dean grannyginger - Jul 1, 2012
So happy to help you bring back a special memory.
user Connee Sheckler conneeconehead - Jul 3, 2012
My chicken is soaking in the buttermilk right now...can't wait to try this recipe for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing your great technique!
user Connee Sheckler conneeconehead - Jul 3, 2012
Turned out great. My hubby, who is the pickiest eater in the world, loved it. Crunchy crust, moist chicken, perfect instructions. Terrific job.
user Connee Sheckler conneeconehead - Jul 3, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!

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