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.
5
Servings
420
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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
67g
52%
Protein
10g
22%
Vitamin A, RAE
215µg
31%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
16µg
18%
Calcium, Ca
255mg
26%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
144µg
36%
Iron, Fe
12mg
67%
Magnesium, Mg
84mg
26%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
439mg
63%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
16µg
29%
Sodium, Na
816mg
54%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
163g
6%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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.