Southern Fried Chicken
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Do you miss Grandmas home style cooking? Make this southern fried chicken recipe for a taste of the past.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-12
  • 1 whole chicken, cut up into frying pieces OR 8-12 pieces legs and thighs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • ½ Tablespoon Pepper
  • Flour (around two cups or so)
  • 1 bottle vegetable oil
  1. Cut the chicken pieces apart if necessary.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a 9" x 13" glass baking dish.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour this mixture over the chicken pieces. Turn the pieces to coat evenly.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. At one hour turn the pieces.
  6. When ready, pour one inch of vegetable oil into a large electric skillet (12" by 16") or deep walled frying pan. If using a frying pan you may need to fry in two batches.
  7. Preheat the oil to 350 degrees.
  8. Using tongs, place each of the chicken pieces into the electric skillet. Begin cooking and turn the pieces over every 5-7 minutes or so.
  9. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown and crispy.
  10. Check for doneness by inserting a knife in one of the pieces and making sure the juice runs clear.
  11. When done, place the fried chicken pieces on a plate with a few layers of paper towel to drain.
  12. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and you are ready to eat!
My Grandma's original recipe called for a whole chicken cut up. I have found buying packages of thighs and legs more convenient plus they are more evenly sized. This helps them fry evenly. Also, our family seems to prefer dark meat, so I tend to buy those cuts more often.

Depending on how many pieces of chicken you have, you may need to double the quantities of egg, milk, salt, and pepper.
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Serving size: 2
Recipe by Vintage Cooking at