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My Mom always served this cold at our family picnics, but misplaced the recipe for over 40 years. She recently found it and shared it with me! Finally! This was my favorite food as a kid, and I have searched every recipe site, but haven't found it! So I am posting it here for YOU! I made this for a potluck thinking I would serve it cold as my childhood memories remember, but it was SOOOO good hot that I stuck it in my slow cooker to keep it warm throughout the potluck! Everyone asked for the recipe! It was a HIT! You can keep in a slow cooker on Warm/Low for 3 to 4 hours!

Recipe Summary

1 hr
30 mins
1 hr 50 mins
20 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Rub the chicken with garlic salt on all sides. Allow to rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour in refrigerator.

  • Beat the eggs well in a shallow dish; place the cornstarch in another shallow dish. Dip each piece of chicken into beaten egg and roll in cornstarch until thoroughly coated. Shake off excess cornstarch.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cook the chicken, a few pieces at a time, until the crust is golden brown, about 5 minutes; drain on paper towels.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with aluminum foil. Place the chicken into the baking dish so the pieces touch each other.

  • Stir together the sugar, vinegar, water, ketchup, soy sauce, and hot pepper sauce in a saucepan over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has dissolved. Pour the sauce over the chicken, coating thoroughly with sauce.

  • Bake the chicken in the sauce until the juices run clear, basting with sauce every 10 minutes, for 40 to 50 minutes. Turn the pieces about halfway through baking. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Cook's Notes:

When Frying Chicken, NEVER flip or turn the chicken until the crust looks perfect, no matter how tempted you are. When the crust looks like it is done, then flip/turn to continue frying the chicken. Don't flip it until it's time!

Nutrition Facts

743 calories; protein 33.2g; carbohydrates 75.5g; fat 33.5g; cholesterol 159mg; sodium 1350mg. Full Nutrition