Southern Chicken Main Dishes

Looking for Southern chicken recipes? Allrecipes has more than 50 recipes for fried chicken, chicken salad, and chicken jambalaya complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Whiskey Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 116
Sauteed chicken chunks braised in a sweet, savory whiskey sauce.

Southern Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 324
This recipe is originally from Alabama, and has been passed down for generations.

Southern Chicken Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Buttermilk lends the dressing a distinctive flavor, and grapes and cashews lend it richness. I have found that it works best if I add the dressing all at once, but if there is any left over, pass it around to people separately.


Rating: 5 stars 1061
A spicy jambalaya recipe with chicken, andouille sausage, rice and Cajun seasonings.

Fab Summer Blackened Chicken Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
This is perfect for summer. You can even buy cooked chicken if it's too hot to cook your own. This makes two large dinner portions.

Best Bourbon Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 173
Bourbon chicken is traditionally a Southern dish, and after moving to Pennsylvania from Oklahoma, I really missed it. I searched for a recipe I liked but couldn't find one, so this is my delicious version, spiced up with ginger, fruit juice, red pepper, and a little Southern Comfort! Serve over rice.

Southern Style Chicken and Dumplings

Rating: 4.5 stars 107
A southern favorite and the hit of our family reunion in 1995!

Scrumptious Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
This is an easy recipe and is really loved by my family and everyone in the senior trailer park in Florida. We had to make duplicate copies to pass around to everyone there. It is absolutely scrumptious!

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 179
Crispy, juicy fried chicken with buttermilk marinade and seasoned flour.

Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 473
Crispy buttermilk fried chicken that's super tender and perfectly seasoned.

Soul Smothered Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 472
Browned chicken with vegetables and gravy makes an easy, comforting meal.

Inspiration and Ideas

Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken
Rating: Unrated 232
Chicken simmered in a slow cooker with BBQ sauce, spices, and vinegar.
Chef John's Nashville Hot Chicken
Rating: Unrated 79
Ultra-crispy, fiery fried chicken with a spicy, slightly sweet glaze.
Southern BBQ Chicken
Rating: 4.5 stars 63

Slow-grilling over indirect heat keeps this chicken moist and tender. Giving the drumsticks a long rub with seasonings makes them taste great. Always baste at the end of grilling to prevent the legs from burning.