RECIPE IDEA: Don’s Pretty Close to Southern Fried Chicken
Don here, telling you about my Pretty Close to Southern Fried Chicken recipe. I’m stepping in to write this post because Lois is at camp with one of the grandkids, serving as the nurse at Camp Shiloh. (There’s still time to sign up your kids or grandkids. Go for it!) I have worked as the maintenance person in the past, but this year, Lois is doing the work grants. We have five grandkids going to camp this summer.
So back to Southern Fried Chicken (one of my favorites).
Maybe it’s legend or maybe it’s fact that throughout the South in days gone by folks came home from church on Sunday to sit down to a dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sliced tomatoes, biscuits and peach cobbler for dessert. Families and extended families gathered like the Reagans on Blue Bloods for fellowship and food. Sadly, those times are past but good home cooked fried chicken is still a treat for Sunday dinner or any other day when there is time to make it.
My Momma Betty could make some terrific Southern Fried Chicken, and I grew up on it. If I don’t make it myself, I like to go to The Southern Inn in Lexington, Virginia, for some terrific Southern Fried Chicken.
Trust me, you’re gonna wanna eat this chicken.
BUT FIRST, DID YOU GRAB YOUR FREE COOKBOOK?
Southern Fried Chicken
- 2 chicken legs and 1 chicken breast with skin on
- 1 quart of buttermilk
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Penseys Cajun seasoning
- Enough canola oil to fill the skillet 1inch deep maybe a cup of oil
- Rinse the chicken pieces in cold water and pat dry. (Jacques Pepin says you can skip this step, but I do it.)
- Place them in a bowl large enough to hold them and cover them with buttermilk.
- Cover and allow the chicken to soak in the buttermilk in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.
- In a brown paper bag large enough to hold one piece of chicken at a time, add the flour and spices. Shake to blend them.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet until a drop of water dances on the surface.
- Take one piece of chicken at a time from the bowl of buttermilk and place it in the paper bag.
- Shake the chicken in the bag to coat it with the flour mixture; then add it to the skillet.
- When all the chicken pieces have been frying for about 10 minutes, turn them over to brown the other side.
- Cover the skillet and reduce the heat to allow the chicken to fry for 10 to 12 minutes.
- Uncover the skillet and let the chicken fry for another 10 to 12 minutes.
- Turn the chicken once again to brown the other side.
- The chicken is done when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 185F.
- If the chicken is getting too brown but is not yet done, which can happen with large pieces, place the pieces on a rack in a baking pan in the oven to continue cooking.
- Serve with your favorite side dishes.
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