Today I’m going to show you how we make Southern Fried Chicken. No, this isn’t oven fry chicken as most folks think of it, where chicken is baked to resembled being fried. This is a way to actually fry chicken, in oil, in your oven. The beauty of it is that once you get your chicken breaded, it is pretty much a hands off process. So rather than watching over a frying pan, you can be free to set the table, pick up the house a bit, or drink a nice glass of iced tea.
Susie Braund, my mother’s friend who is known for her kindness, passed on this cooking method and from the moment Mama told me about it I couldn’t wait to try it. I think you’ll enjoy it too!
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Recipe Ingredients for Southern Fried Chicken are:
- Chicken (bone in, skin on)
- Buttermilk (any kind of milk will do)
- Ranch Dressing (I used this to season the flour)
- Equipment: A deep cast iron skillet (a cast iron dutch oven will work)
A note on seasoning:
All you need to make fried chicken is flour, salt, and pepper. You do not have to use ranch dressing mix to season your flour if you don’t want to. If you’d rather just use plain flour, add about a tablespoon salt and a 1/2 tablespoon of pepper to two cups of flour and stir. That’s all you need. Of course, more or less salt and pepper to suit your taste.
What Else Can I Use To Season The Flour?
The main purpose of this post is to show you this fuss free method of frying chicken so feel free to use your favorite breading recipe or try mine. I happened to use the ranch dressing mix this time but I usually do it a different way each time, depending on my mood. I am a big fan of garlic powder, paprika, and parsley in my flour along with the salt and pepper.
Tips About Brining
A lot of recipes will tell you to brine your chicken before you fry it. I don’t for a several reasons.
- I don’t want to. 🙂
- I don’t usually plan my meals far enough in advance to.
- I don’t have time. When I’m ready to cook supper, I’m ready right then and I generally don’t lollygag around in the kitchen hours beforehand looking for something to do.
- I can’t stand the thought of wasting buttermilk (what a lot of folks brine it in).
- Granny didn’t do it.
- See #1.
Having said this, if you prefer to brine your chicken I think that is awesome and I salute you. Do it your way. That’s what so awesome about recipes, even Southern Fried Chicken recipes!
Before we get started, and this is VERY important, put about a 1/2 inch of oil in the bottom of your skillet and place that in the oven.
Turn the oven on 450 so that the oil is heating up as the oven heats up.
Why Is Hot Oil Important?
Hot oil is crucial for frying chicken because if your oil is hot enough, it sears the breading as soon as contact is made and creates an instant coating. If your oil isn’t hot enough, your chicken pieces end up soaking up far more oil, ending up with greasy chicken.
It is important that you know the accurate temperature of your oven for this recipe. Over time, ovens may not be accurate. A way to test this is to buy a simple oven thermometer on the kitchen gadget aisle for a few dollars. Preheat your oven with the thermometer in it and once it is preheated, see if the thermometer and the oven agree on temperature and adjust accordingly. If you are cooking this at 450 and your oven is actually 500, of course it is gonna burn. If you’re cooking this at 450 and your oven is actually 400, it will take a little longer to cook and your chicken may end up a wee bit on the greasy side because your oil isn’t hot enough.
Place your flour in a shallow dish and season it.
I’m using two packages of ranch dressing mix but you can just use salt and pepper if you like. This is totally up to you.
Stir that up.
Pour some buttermilk into your other baking dish and get ready to dredge 🙂
Place chicken in milk first…
then breading mixture…
then milk again ….
Then breading mixture.
This double dipping method gets you a lot more deliciousness on your final fried chicken.
You can, of course, just dip it in milk once and breading once if you want.
Again, this is totally up to you. Despite what some folks tell you, there are no rules governing how you want to cook in your own kitchen.
So have fun with it and do it your way!
Take your hot, hot, hot skillet with the hot, hot, hot oil in it out of the oven and carefully put your chicken pieces in it.
They will begin to bubble and sizzle as soon as they get in there. Try not to let them touch but do what you gotta do. I ended up not being able to fit all of my chicken in this photo so I’m doing two batches.
Place this in the oven for 40 minutes and go do whatever it is you’d rather be doing.
After 40 minutes, carefully remove skillet from oven, turn all of the pieces over, and place it back in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove chicken to paper towel lined plate.
Now I know some of y’all are looking at that cooking time and thinking “Christy is crazy.” Well of course I’m crazy, but that is besides the point entirely. The chicken you see pictured at the start and finish of this post was cooked at that exact amount of time at 450 and was gooder than gold. That’s a Southern saying. I know that gooder isn’t actually a word although, technically it is since I just said it but still…you get my point.
Enjoy your three legged chicken 🙂
Please note: Mama wants me to let you know that I did wash the platter before I put the cooked chicken on it since I used it for the raw chicken as well. Thanks for looking out for us, Mama!
Now y’all get out there and squeeze all the good out of this day!
- 3-4 pounds Bone in skin on chicken pieces such as breasts, legs, or leg quarters
- Large Deep cast iron pan
- Oil for frying (vegetable, corn, or peanut are good choices)
- 2 cups all purpose flour if you have self rising, that will work just fine, too, may have to increase or decrease amount depending on how many pieces of chicken you use
- Seasoning: 1-2 packages Ranch Dressing mix or 1 tablespoon of salt and 1/2 tablespoon pepper in it's place
- 1-2 cups Buttermilk Any kind of milk will do. You may need to add more or less depending on how many pieces of chicken you use.
- Pour oil to a depth of 1/4 - 1/2 of an inch into a deep cast iron frying pan or dutch oven. Place in oven and preheat to 450. It is very important that your skillet be in your oven while it preheats.
- In a shallow dish, stir together flour and seasonings (either ranch dressing mix or salt and pepper, or seasonings of your choice).
- In another shallow baking dish, pour about 1/4 inch of milk.
- Dip each piece in the milk to coat all sides, then into the flour mixture, then milk again, and flour mixture again. Place on platter when done.
- Five minutes after oven is preheated, remove your skillet and carefully, (using tongs) place each piece of chicken in the skillet, positioning so that they don't touch.
- Return to oven for 40 minutes. Remove from oven, use tongs to flip each piece of chicken over, and return to oven for 15 minutes more.
- Remove to drain onto paper towel lined platter. Enjoy hot or cold.
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