311 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 213
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4

This recipe is originally from Alabama, and has been passed down for generations.

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Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and paprika. Roll in flour.

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  • Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil to a large, heavy skillet. Heat to approximately 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Place chicken pieces in hot oil. Cover, and fry until golden, turning once, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Editor's Note

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

491 calories; 32 g total fat; 97 mg cholesterol; 94 mg sodium. 16.1 g carbohydrates; 32.8 g protein; Full Nutrition


Reviews (244)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
Can anyone give a helpful hint as to how to keep the flour mixture on the chicken? Mine came off in the oil as it always does and so there is no coating!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/10/2008
I haven't even tried this as I am from the South and grew up eating fried chicken with rice and gravy on the side. I just thought it was funny that it was even posted. Tips for those of you who truly can't make fried chicken. You can use whatever portion of the chicken you desire. Also I season my meat directly with seasoning salt black pepper and sometimes add garlic salt. Depends on how I feel. Then add the flour last. Also as someone stated about cooking it on high. Don't. You will end up with burned chicken on the outside and not done internally. Hint: Chicken will float to the top when done. You will notice this when using a deep fryer. Even in a regular skillet. Not so much a chicken breast though. This recipe just seems very bland and I wouldn't bother trying it without of course making some changes. Read More
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311 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 213
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2006
Can anyone give a helpful hint as to how to keep the flour mixture on the chicken? Mine came off in the oil as it always does and so there is no coating!! Read More
(2115)
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2005
This is a fabulous recipe excellent tasting crispy chicken and doesn't take a rocket scientist to cook. I do have some additions like others adding 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp onion powder. I also mix it all together with the flour in a plastic ziploc bag then pour it into a glass pie pan to dredge. If you want Popeyes style chicken add 1/2 to 1 tsp of cayenne pepper to your flour mixture. I also always use a hint given to me by a wonderful elderly black southern lady; 20 minutes before cooking your chicken place in a bath of ice water and pour a liberal amount of salt in and let it sit. This helps with those icky blood vessels than can appear in or near the bone. Finally I never ever "quick cook" chicken. I have fried chicken for years giving it up for health reasons but have found 45 minutes of cooking time are needed especially for dark meat pieces and I repeatedly turn my chicken every 10 minutes or so to evenly cook cooking the last 10 minutes at around 325 degrees (I use an electric skillet) to keep from burning the crust. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2007
From a southern girl let me tell you this is the real thing! As someone else points out soaking the chicken in ice water with salt is very important. Also for those of you who had the flour fall off the chicken while cooking that comes from not allowing the oil to heat properly. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/17/2011
This is half of the recipe. I would add two stirred raw eggs in a bowl. Rinse chicken season with pepper lawrys season salt garlic powder a sprinkle dip in flour dip in raw egg then dip back into flour put chicken in skillet now flip 6 times 10 minutes on each side. Now thats some REAL southern FRIED chicken! Thats what I call SOUL FOOD! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2007
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! The chicken came out crisp and golden while remaining wonderfully moist! The smells alone drew my teenage brothers away from the video games! (A magical feat as far as I'm concerned.) I too was always intimdated by frying chicken. My oil was always too hot and my batter never stuck. I always rinsed the chicken in water then just rolled it in flour. This time I took another reviewer's suggestion and did an egg wash. Amazing! Overall everything was to die for and I will DEFINATELY be using this recipe again! I used boneless skinless breast instead of boned chicken and took the advice of another reviewer and added 1 tsp. of garlic powder and 1 tsp. of onion powder. Thumbs WAY up on this one! Thanks to the poster and helpful reviewers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2007
I made this last week for the entire family. My dad ate 3 pieces and said he hadn't had chicken that good since he was a kid. I used an electric frying pan so I could control the temperature and so I would have a lid to cover with. I did take the advice of another reviewer and soaked the chicken in salted/ice water for 20 min so there would be no veins. It worked and we thought it may have helped to improve the flavor of the meat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
This was THE best fried chicken I ever had. I have tried lots of recipies but none turned out as good as this one. I revised it alittle I cooked it in a deepfrier I used boneless skinless breasts instead of a skillet and I sorta marinated the chicken in all the ingredients but I added garlic salta little old bay seasoning and paprika YUMMY!! and i made it very crispy and ate it at room temperature I suggest u try this its a really good recipe THANKS CINDY!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2007
This recipe is fantastic! I was afraid of frying chicken in oil because I'd never done it. But I needn't have been afraid. I had no trouble with the coating coming off during frying. I followed the recipe as far as temperature also soaked the chicken in cold salt water as one reviewer suggested and cooked it for 45 minutes as another ssuggeted. I used half Crisco and half vegetable oil. Turned out great and everyone loved it! Thanks! Read More
(97)
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2006
great fried chicken! I have always been intimidated by frying chicken. I usually marinate it overnight in buttermilk use a purchased coating and deep fry it. It turns out burnt and you can't taste the coating. I really wanted to make a good fried chicken so I came to Allrecipes once again. This recipe seemed almost too simple and plain. I did add garlic and onion powder like the others. I didn't even use an egg wash just double-coated the chicken pieces. I probably cooked the pieces 40 minutes or so. The coating was crispy and you could actually taste it!!! My family loved it too. I am just thrilled that I made GOOD fried chicken!!! thank you! Read More
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