Ellen Bales


I'm probably mis-remembering, but it seems that my mother made fried chicken every single Sunday when I was growing up. Along with it: creamy mashed potatoes and chicken gravy--or bread if you preferred that with your gravy--and probably green beans or corn-on-the-cob. Maybe some sliced tomatoes. And for dessert her famous devil's food cake, or perhaps a pie.

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40 Min
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4 medium
chicken breast halves, boned or boneless, with skin on
1/2 c
crisco oil
1 c
flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 Tbsp


1/4 c
drippings from chicken
1/4 c
flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 1/2 c
a little extra oil


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1Wash chicken in cold water, cut off any excess fat. Put in large bowl of enough salted water to cover and refrigerate overnight.

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2The next day, dry the chicken with paper towels and place on waxed paper. Cover all sides of the chicken with the seasoned flour.

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3In a large, deep skillet, heat the Crisco oil until just hot. Add chicken pieces, careful not to crowd too close together. Over medium-high heat, brown the chicken on both sides, uncovered, until almost as brown as you like it.

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4Reduce heat to low-medium, add a tablespoon of water, cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until tender when stuck with fork.

5The pieces will be soggy, but don't worry. Turn up the heat, add a little more oil if needed, and quickly re-brown on both sides, uncovered, until very crispy.

6Remove chicken pieces to paper towels while making gravy.

7Pour out all oil from skillet except for about 1/4 cup. Loosen any crusty bits with a heavy spoon. Add 1/4 cup flour and stir until blended. Pour in the milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly with a wire whisk over medium-high heat. When gravy starts to get thick and bubble, lower heat and let simmer no more than 2 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste, if needed.

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8Spoon gravy over chicken and mashed potatoes. Mmmm, good!

About this Recipe

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