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How to Make Southern Fried Chicken

Updated on May 19, 2009
Southern Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken
Soaking the chicken.
Soaking the chicken.
Dredging in Flour
Dredging in Flour

My grandmother always made the best fried chicken.  At some point my dad video taped her making it and we wrote down the recipe.  Now I can make her Southern Fried Chicken myself and think of her when I eat it.





Chicken (I use tenderloins, because then we get lots of crispy)


Canola oil


After trimming any fat off the chicken, you will need to soak the chicken in buttermilk for 30 minutes or so.  To save on milk I filled my bowl halfway and then turned the chicken every few minutes to coat all the pieces.  While the chicken is soaking, fill a bowl with flour and salt and pepper to taste.  I use a little bit of salt and a lot of cracked pepper.  I would love to add paprika to this and make it a little spicier, but my kids would have a fit, so I have never tried it.

Once the chicken is done soaking you need to dredge the chicken in the flour mixture and lay on a plate.  At this point you should start heating your oil as well.  I use a large pan and cover the bottom with about an inch of canola oil.  Once you have dredged all the chicken once, you want to do it again.  Quickly dunk the chicken back into the buttermilk and then into the flour and coat thoroughly.  Dredging it two times is the key to lots of crispy stuff. 

Now it is time to fry the chicken.  With tongs, lay out the chicken into the hot oil carefully.  Try to make sure the pieces don't touch each other or they will stick together, making it hard to flip over.  As for how long to fry them, it really depends on how hot you have the oil (I heat the oil on high and as soon as I put the chicken in I turn it down to medium) and how brown you want your chicken.  For me it typically takes about 6 minutes for each side.  You do want to watch it carefully though, as it can get too brown quickly, especially towards the end of cooking.  I used three pounds of tenderloins and it took three batches in my pan and by the end, the chicken was cooking very fast.

Once the chicken is cooked remove it from the oil with tongs and lay flat on a plate with paper towels to drain.  Let cool for a few minutes before eating, if you can wait that long.  We also like fried chicken cold and it is great to take on picnics.  In fact, I cooked this chicken up tonight to take to the baseball game tomorrow night.  Yes, I know this Southern Fried Chicken is not healthy, but it is oh so good!


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      Toby Simon 

      7 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

      Delicious! Can I have some? It's so easy to prepare and looks good. Let your kids help you dredge the chicken in flour. I think it would be more fun if you cook it with your kids. A little family bonding.

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      Palak Verma 

      7 years ago from Sunnyvale

      Wow! I will definitely try it out..

    • Jennifer profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      michifus, paprika sounds delicious in it, I will try that next time.

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      8 years ago

      Im currently eating your chicken. I added paprika. Great recipe. Very tasty. My first home cooked fried chicken was a huge success. Thanks :)

    • michifus profile image


      8 years ago

      Just found this by accident - I've always wondered how to make this - definitely no excuse now. Will have to try this recipe - it looks great!

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      8 years ago

      Your recipe for your moms "Fried" chicken is great will most definatley try it out for an up-coming event on Monday May 24,2010. Thank you

    • Hendrika profile image


      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I love fried chicken and I have never been able to do it successfully, it always ends up very dry! I think it is the soaking that must be the secret!

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      Anamika S Jain 

      9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      It looks Yummy! I normally use curd when i marinate the chicken pieces with spices and have never used flour. I need to try this!

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      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yummy and delicious. After reading this hub, flavor of this recipe is coming in my mouth. Thanks to the additional pics.

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      Living In Paris 

      9 years ago

      Mmm. You had me at the first photo. As for JBrett's concern, I always heard that the way to tell when fried chicken is cooked through is to listen for when the oil gets quiet.

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      9 years ago

      Thank you! I'm always afraid the chicken won't be done! This looks so good!

    • MAYRAPINK profile image


      9 years ago from texas

      yummmm im hungry now haha... im going to try this at home :)

    • awsydney profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is making me hungry Jennifer. I notice that you have taken the skin off the chicken? How does this compare with KFC as that is one of my all time favourite fast foods although I try not to do it too often! Think I need to go get some KFC now....*&^&*% Cheers! :) :)

    • ThePartyAnimal profile image


      9 years ago

      Now that looks so good - I am gonna have to try this one.

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      Research Analyst 

      9 years ago

      Thats exactly how my mom makes southen fried chicken and its wonderful. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Maria Cristina 

      9 years ago

      it looks jummy and easy! thank u!!!! im gonna fill me with this, my soul need it!!! lol

    • ArnMan profile image


      9 years ago from Alexandria, La.

      You almost can never go wrong with chicken, this looks like something I could even cook

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      Erick Smart 

      9 years ago

      I will have to give this a try. When I have tried in the past I just rolled it in flour, salt, and pepper and tried frying it. It generally just turned into a gooey mess and did not get crispy.

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      9 years ago from NW Indiana

      My favorite!

    • ReverseMobileInfo profile image


      9 years ago

      WOW!!! You put a lot of time into this HUB, it definetlyshows!!! I found the information extremely helpful! I became a fan of yours and rated you UP too, please join my fanclub as well! Keep up the excellent work! Barry ;)

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      montana farm girl 

      9 years ago

      yumo....I'm going to try it these weekend and eat it on our picnic table out front!! :-)

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      Triplet Mom 

      9 years ago from West Coast

      Oh so yummy!! I really want some right now.

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      9 years ago

      Woohoo - someone else cooks just like my momma did!

    • thelesleyshow profile image


      9 years ago from US

      My (__[__) got bigger just reading this hub! Sounds awesome. I'm going to share your recipe on Facebook to make a few other drool. Keep up the good work. Thumbs up!

    • chicamom85 profile image


      9 years ago

      That looks and sounds so good! It doesn't seem that hard either, thanks for sharing.


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