4 to 6 servings

Skip the bucket of fast-food fried chicken and remember what it's like to eat "real" fried chicken like Mama used to make. Mashed potatoes and biscuits are optional.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in a shallow dish or zip-top plastic bag, and add buttermilk. Cover or seal, and chill at least 2 hours.

Step 2

Remove chicken from buttermilk, discarding buttermilk. Dredge chicken in flour.

Step 3

Pour oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches in a deep skillet or Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time; cover and cook 6 minutes. Uncover chicken, and cook 9 minutes. Turn chicken; cover and cook 6 minutes. Uncover and cook 5 to 9 minutes, turning chicken the last 3 minutes for even browning, if necessary. Drain on paper towels.

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Ratings & Reviews

April 22, 2015
why comment?  Most everyone knows in the south we like food that taste good.  Not like cardboard.  Fried chicken is not for everyday meals but special occasions.   For me its all in the crust.  That is what makes chicken so good.  You can keep all the inside.  If that is what you enjoy you need to look at chicken recipes that are not titled Fried Chicken.

September 27, 2016
Skirt, I think that the health stats may not be mentioned simply because so many of us "southerners" know how to add and subtract so we take it for granted that others know that as well. Perhaps you'd be much happier sticking with TV dinners.

Keiko123's Review

August 07, 2011
Skirt..maybe you should jump over to the "Cooking Light" section..who cares about the calorie content..It might be heart attack on a plate, but my goodness it's southern cooking....everybody knows it's the grease that give the flavor anyway...Real women don't eat wimpy skinless chicken breasts anyway, they eat the entire chicken and all it's glorious parts. Having said all this, I like the recipe but found I had to cook it for less time as it browned quickly, although I did check the oil temperature. When biting into it, it's VERY juicy and tender with a nice crispy finish. Next time will add a stick of butter. Wonder if butter flavored Crisco would work?

April 22, 2015
you must be doing something wrong.

PinkDiva's Review

January 04, 2012
Skirt, Reading a recipe does not obligate you to prepare it. It is simply a matter of preference. If you prefer not to enjoy Southern comfort food on a rare occasion, then DON'T. Simply read the recipe and move on. No one is forcing you to prepare and enjoy this awesome fried chicken. Go ahead, grill you a piece of boneless, skinless, seasonless chicken and enjoy. As for me and my family, we choose to enjoy this chicken on a day when we are all home together. And NO, we don't eat like this everyday. I must agree with the other reviewers, other seasonings are required for this recipe. I season my flour dredge with sea salt, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and a small dash of lemon pepper. This is just how I prefer to do it. As far as vegetable oil, I personally prefer Corn Oil.

llbixler's Review

April 26, 2012
For added occasional heart attack flavor, fry like Grandma did, with lard and butter. Also makes great cream gravy.

strausberg1's Review

September 17, 2011
For Skirt - please don't rate a recipe if you've never made it! The rating system is for people who actually made the recipe. My aunt who lived to be 102 yrs. old ate southern cooking every day. She outlived three of her Drs. So stressing out over the nutrition facts can cause heart disease.

Agathamae's Review

April 27, 2011
Hey Skirt - its "Fried Chicken"! I am a Southern Mama and, like bear's mama, I add a stick of butter to the oil when I fry chicken but we don't eat like this even once a month. Not many of us are working in the fields behind a plow anymore (yes, my husband did growing up) so we don't eat like this every day. We do know about low fat baking, broiling, salad, fish and eating healthy - but everyone in my family enjoys a splurge now and then. Southern Comfort Food = fried and smothered in cream gravy. Lighten up:)

cooknmomf2's Review

February 14, 2011
In response to the reviewer that said they would never make this recipe, maybe they shouldn't look at the "Classic Comfort Foods" section of Southern Living. I don't know of many comfort foods that are low calorie, etc..Just saying..

TexasGirl200's Review

August 09, 2011
Keiko - Amen. Skirt - It's FRIED CHICKEN! Made this as a 'test' before the movie night outing coming up this weekend. Everyone coming is making one of the recipes for the dinner. This is a once in a 'blue moon' dining experience. We did grilled fish and vegies last month - time to splurge! ;->