Perfect Southern Fried Chicken

Craving Southern fried chicken? Look no further than this recipe
This is an outstanding recipe. When I found this I decided I didn't need to look for the perfect fried chicken recipe any more — I already had it. — PanNan   This recipe is courtesy of PanNan via Food.com.
Ready in
2 h and 35 m
5
Servings
930
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into ten pieces (two legs, two thighs, two wings, four breasts)
  • 4 Cups water
  • 3 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoned salt, such as Season-All Seasoned Salt
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 Teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons seasoned salt, such as Season-All Seasoned Salt
  • Vegetable oil or shortening (for frying)

Directions

Soak chicken in water and salt for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Mix buttermilk, eggs, and seasoned salt, such as Season-All Seasoned Salt, and dip chicken pieces in this mixture.

Combine 1 cup flour, 2 tablespoons cornmeal, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, and 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, such as Season-All Seasoned Salt, in a bag.

Drop two pieces of dipped chicken in the bag at one time.

Shake to coat.

Place on wire rack to rest.

(I place wax paper under the rack to catch any flour that falls off.) Heat a shallow layer of oil or shortening to 360 degrees F in a jumbo chicken skillet (cast iron is great for this job) or an electric skillet.

Place the chicken in the pan, trying not to crowd the pieces.

Cover for the first 5 minutes.

Check the chicken.

When golden brown, turn.

Cover for the next 5 minutes.

Remove cover and cook uncovered, turning occasionally, as needed for a total of an additional 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Watch carefully, and don't allow it to get too dark.

If it's frying too fast, reduce heat slightly.

Note: the key is to cover in the beginning to start the cooking process inside the chicken but to uncover during the last part of the cooking time to get the outside crispy and golden brown.

Southern Shopping Tip

Southern food is a mixture of Native American, Creole, and European influences. Staples of this comfort food include corn (in all its forms), honey, chicken, pork, and seafood, all easily found at any neighborhood grocery store.

Southern Cooking Tip

Southern and comfort food is often rich and heavy, be sure to include lots of greens and vegetables with these dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
73g
100%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
12g
58%
Cholesterol
204mg
68%
Protein
41g
82%
Carbs
25g
8%
Vitamin A
111µg
12%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
13.9%
Vitamin B6
0.7mg
35.6%
Vitamin C
3mg
6%
Vitamin D
0.7µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
10mg
52%
Vitamin K
5µg
7%
Calcium
103mg
10%
Fiber
1g
4%
Folate (food)
30µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
42µg
11%
Folic acid
7µg
N/A
Iron
3mg
14%
Magnesium
54mg
14%
Monounsaturated
43g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
13mg
65%
Phosphorus
380mg
54%
Polyunsaturated
14g
N/A
Potassium
483mg
14%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
23.6%
Sodium
1192mg
50%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
12.4%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
20%

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