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Simple Fried Chicken Recipe - Best Southern Fried Chicken (Video)

Updated on July 18, 2013
Frying chicken
Frying chicken | Source

An easy recipe for fried chicken

Oh, I love southern fried chicken! Well, I don't know if it's "southern" fried chicken I like--or just fried chicken. I love fried chicken. Period. Hey, I grew up in the southern region,though, and I grew up eating fried chicken . . . thus, southern fried chicken. My mom made--and still makes--the best fried chicken. It's crispy, juicy, and always perfect. Colonel Sanders has nothing on her!

When I first started cooking, I didn't even attempt to fry chicken very often. Although it's one of very favorite foods ever, it just seemed too hard to make. But it's not. it can be messy, yes, with popping hot oil leaving a greasy mess on the stove. Still, any mess is worth it.

Once I discovered that fried chicken really didn't have to be that difficult to make, I started making it now and then. It is such a treat. I've experimented with different recipes for coatings for fried chicken, as well as hybrid ways to cook it that involved the stovetop as well as the oven. When I want a simple batch in as short a time as possible, I opt for a simple batter that takes very little time to mix up and makes some delicious fried chicken.


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Eggs and flour for fried chicken batterpan of battered chicken
Eggs and flour for fried chicken batter
Eggs and flour for fried chicken batter | Source
pan of battered chicken
pan of battered chicken | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8-12 pieces, depending on whole chicken or pieces

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Ingredients for Fried Chicken

  • pre-cut pieces or whole chicken, with skin
  • 2 eggs (more as needed), beaten
  • dash of milk, to thin out egg mixture
  • 1 cup flour, add more as needed
  • cooking oil, 1/4 inch in pan; add as needed
  • sprinkles salt, pepper, to taste
  • spices, optional
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Use a meat thermometer to check temperature of chicken.
Use a meat thermometer to check temperature of chicken. | Source
Fried chicken almost done! Yum!
Fried chicken almost done! Yum! | Source

Instructions for Frying Chicken

  1. First, get your ingredients for the batter ready. Beat up a couple of eggs in a mixing bowl, along with a splash of milk to make the mixture a bit thinner.
  2. Put one cup of flour in another mixing bowl. Line up egg and then flour bowl next to a frying pan of hot oil. Add more as you cook if needed.
  3. Dip chicken in egg mixture. Then, roll the piece of chicken in the flour, covering completely. Place in pan of hot oil. Hot oil will make the skin crispy as well as seal in the juices to make the chicken moist.
  4. Once pan is full of battered chicken, sprinkle on salt and pepper, plus any other spices you prefer, such as garlic or perhaps a spice mix.
  5. Fry on medium-high for about 7-10 minutes on each side. Lower heat if chicken appears to be burning. Stoves cook differently, so keep an eye on the chicken. Turn earlier if needed.
  6. When both sides of chicken are golden brown, check inside to see if meat is done (clear juices, no red meat). You can use a meat thermometer, if you have one. Temperature of cooked chicken should be 165. I always err on the side of caution and actually cut open a piece of chicken to check doneness.
  7. When chicken is done, remove from pan onto plate with paper towel to soak up some of oil When chicken is cool enough to eat, have at it! ___________________________________________________
Fried chicken thigh--my favorite!
Fried chicken thigh--my favorite! | Source

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Simple Fried Chicken Recipe

More coating options for fried chicken

There are some other coating options that will make an excellent crust. Sometimes I use a mixture of garlic, paprika, and other spices, fry chicken on the stove to brown it, and then finish it in the oven.

I've heard that some cooks use milk or buttermilk to coat the chicken before applying the flour. I want to try the buttermilk. While I hate drinking the stuff, it works great in any recipe I've ever tried with it.

I don't always have buttermilk on hand, though, while I usually have flour and always have eggs. The availability of the ingredients in many kitchens is what also makes this fried chicken recipe very simple.

Simple ingredients, simple cooking. Simply delicious.


We love our fried chicken! :-)
We love our fried chicken! :-) | Source
Green beans and fried chicken
Green beans and fried chicken | Source

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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Abe Mortillaro--I've heard that breadcrumbs are great as a coating on fried chicken; I may have to try that. Yes, I've always used flour. :-)

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      Abe Mortillaro 

      5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York

      you use flower? i use beradcrumbs. real good with breadcrumbs, but i will try the flower. maby i will like it.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      No, random, never?? You must make some fried chicken soon!!!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, rfmoran! Glad you liked the video!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for this detailed recipe for such a classic food! I've never attempted it myself, but I may have to sometime now.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Minnetonka Twin--Any type of oil will work. I should have mentioned that. Frosted flakes, huh? I may have to try that. Yummy!!!

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I love fried chicken. I love that you have simplified it. Excellent use of video and sound. Voted up and useful

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Mary--Potato flakes are a fun idea. As much as I love fried chicken, I should try different ways! Thanks for the comments and votes!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Martie--Great to see you. Have you made some fried chicken yet? Or a homemade Big Mac? LOL. I'm with you on the chef idea at work! :-)

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the great fried chicken recipe Victoria. You just helped me decide what I'm cooking for dinner. This looks super easy. I like olive oil to fry things and I'm guessing type of oil is optional. I have also made chicken with crushed frosted flakes in addition to the flour. It's amazing.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      As a born and bred southerner, I love fried chicken! I sometimes used potato flakes to coat my chicken. Works really well.

      Great Hub, loved your video!

      I voted UP, etc.

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      Martie Coetser 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my poor soul! I love fried chicken. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 20 min Ready in: 30 min - MY favorite kind of recipes!

      Victoria, when I opened your profile page to see what's to read in your corner, I saw a picture of a delicious hamburger and now I am as hungry as a horse!

      9:00 am in office, and I normally don't eat before 1:oopm. But here I go, ordering Kentucky.....

      Mmm, just thinking, appointing a permanent chef, providing food for all employees, might become a profitable business....

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well, then, Mhatter, it must be awesome. Great minds think alike. :-)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Sounds very similar to mine, so I know this tastes great. Bravo!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      SylvaneNuccio--Glad you liked the credits! haha Was it the bag of chicken thighs? :-)

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sure, xstatic! I'll try that next. I don't think I'm an expert, but I do like to cook and experiment. It may not be right away, but I'll let you know when i do. I bet it would be yummy.

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      You sound like an expert! Maybe you could do an skinless version of this?

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      xstatic--I must admit i love fried chicken skin. However, you could do a skinless version, and it also be wonderful. You could even do the egg and flour to make a little breading on it. Try it! I may try it myself! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      amberld--If you do, let me know how you like it! Thanks!

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Nothing funny about this, but it gets an Up and all the rest! I grew up eating fried chicken also, and love it. I have developed a dislike for eating chicken skin, however, all that fat content puts me off. Soooo, I wonder if you ahve ever tried a "skinless" version. I know that will be heresy to all fried chicken lovers.

      It made me hungry just to read it and see the video, skin & all.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Specialk--I love mashed potatoes and gravy, too, with my fried chicken. I prefer green beans to corn, but I'll take either. My mom used to make the best homemade biscuits with this meal, too. Yummy. Funny, I had Cavendars on my video! :-) It makes just about anything good. Experiment with different seasonings if your family wants something different. They can really make a difference.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill--Moms sure know how to make fried chicken, don't they? :-) A subdued southern accent--interesting. I guess I've been told that in so many words. haha. Accents get more southern-sounding a little farther south, although you'll hear some pretty good ones around here, too. Glad you liked the video. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Angelo, it WAS yummy! I love it!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ghaelach--Thanks for the input. Some winter bread sounds wonderful. I'll send you my address. :-)

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      Amber Dahnke 

      5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      looks delicious, I will have to try your recipe soon!

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      Karen Metz 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      My favorite dish is fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn! I cook mine, just about the same way you do too. I am going to try some of the seasonings you use. I normally use a seasoning called Cavendars. My family is getting tired of the same old thing all the time, so I am going to try something different next time. Thanks for a great recipe....loved the video!!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nobody fried chicken like my mom did....now you reminded me of her, and I am drooling.

      Love the video; cool hearing your voice. I was expecting much more of a southern accent, but yours is pretty subdued. :)

      Great job Vicki!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Janine. I appreciate it. Thanks for all the shares!

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      Angelo52 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Just reading this article on making basic fried chicken made me hungry. Sure does look yummy in the pan too.

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      Ghaelach 

      5 years ago

      Hi Victoria.

      I'm always on the look out for different ways of do chicken and I like the idea of using buttermilk. Use it a lot when baking my winter bread.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Victoria, I have pinned this to try, because it looks way to good to pass up. Thanks for sharing and I have voted, shared and tweeted, too!!

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