Old Fashioned Fried Chicken

I remember visiting my Grandparents farm in the summertime, my Grandmother, Mother and Aunts all  in the kitchen preparing the summer meal.  Often times that meal had Fried Chicken with lots of fresh farm vegetables on the side.  When we would bring our family to visit my Mother, my kids would always request Grandmothers Fried Chicken, it was so good.  Fried Chicken is still one of our family favorites and this is the recipe that we always use.

Old Fashioned Fried Chicken

Old Fashioned Fried Chicken
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 Fryer Chicken, cut up
3 cups Buttermilk
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon papakria
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
Vegetable Oil
Wash and dry the Chicken
Mix the Buttermilk with  2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper
Place the chicken in a long container and pour the Buttermilk Mix over the Chicken, making sure that the chicken is covered on all sides with the Buttermilk Mix then cover and refrigerate for at least 4 to 6 hours
In a medium bowl mix the flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 teaspoon papakria, and cayenne
Pour the flour mixture into a large paper bag
Place 2 pieces of chicken in the bag at a time, close the bag and shake the bag until the chicken is coated, remove the coated chicken to a platter, repeat this process until all the chicken is coated
Pour enough Vegetable Oil into a  hot heavy large deep skillet to cover the bottom of the skillet with 3/4 inch of oil 
Place the chicken coated chicken pieces into the hot oil making sure not to get the skillet to full or the hot oil will boil over and cause a fire, be careful.
Turn the chicken frequently and cook until the chicken is golden brown and cooked completely through, between 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the heat of your oil
Remove the chicken to a platter with paper towels or a brown paper bag and drain the chicken
Place the drained chicken on a serving platter and keep warm in the oven until ready to serve
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I am so happy that you were able to come over and enjoy this Fried Chicken with us today.  I just love getting together with friend's and family to enjoy good food.  Hope you are have a very special day and don't forget your basket of Chicken to take home with you.  Come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. Good Afternoon Miz Helen, I have always wanted to know how to make fried chicken. The first time I tasted it was when I visited Atlanta three years ago and I fell it love with it as the chicken was so tender.
    This is certainly going to be on my menu this weekend, I really can't wait to try it.
    Thank you for the recipe.
    Best Wishes

  2. You brought back some wonderful memories!
    My favorite meal growing up was Fried Chicken, baked beans and Potato Salad, your plate looks delicious!

  3. What's fourth of July without good ole fried chicken??

  4. Oh Miz Helen! This sounds wonderful. I must try it.

    Anne xx

  5. This looks so good! I can almost hear the crunch! I have never made home made fried chicken before, but might just give this a try.
    Maureen from red cottage chronicles

  6. That looks like amazing fried chicken! I have only tried to make it once, and I didn't do it right. I will have to give it another try :)

  7. Oh this sounds divine! I fry chicken periodically for my husband, but it never turns out quite right. Your pictures are lovely and this sounds so good that I might have to give it another try :) Followed you from Sweet Tea Social. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Oh, Miz. Helen, this looks delicious!!

  9. we love fried foods but can not get a good fried chicken. I gave up years ago but I am going to try one more time. your recipe looks so good, instructions easy to follow. Thanks for helping out a fried chicken lover! Found via the gathering spot, glad I did!

  10. I am about to lick my computer screen! I have yet to master fried chicken, so I can't wait to try your recipe! Found you via Pint Sized Baker's Two-Cup Tuesday. Pinning this recipe...thanks so much!

  11. This all looks so Yummy! I really want chicken now! :)
    Found you from Tx. Women Bloggers...

  12. I read your fried chicken recipe and could see my Nana making it(except for the cayenne pepper). This sounds just like her recipe and I can readily say this was one of my favorites. What a great plate you've made...delicious, I'm sure. Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  13. I want to come to your house for dinner! I have never made it myself. I think I will surprise my hubby with this one :) Thanks for the recipe Miz Helen!

  14. Goodness, does your chicken ever look the best, Miz Helen! xo

  15. Ok, it's 7 am and I am wishing this chicken was on my breakfast plate! It looks so good, I have never made real fried chicken~funny thing, I have a quart of buttermilk that I have been wondering what to do with! Sunday it's fried chicken on our menu! Thanks,

  16. This looks amazing, even for breakfast right now! Thanks for sharing and I hope you'll link it up to our party http://www.theprincessandhercowboys.com/2013/07/on-display-monday-9.html

    Have a good one!

  17. Oh your fried chicken looks SO GOOD!!! There's nothing like some good old fashioned fried chicken, how I wish I could have some for lunch today!!! I can just smell it from all your pictures! YUM!!!!

  18. Who doesn't love friend chicken every now and then -- brings back memories. Soaking in buttermilk is perfect. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  19. When I was a kid my grandmother from Italy always wanted fried chicken on her birthday, because to her it was the best American dish. I would have to agree... yours is classic. Thank you for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  20. Hi Miz Helen,
    I love fried chicken and being from the south, it is a food group all in itself. I am a pretty good cook, but I am ashamed to admit that I do not fry chicken. I know, what southern cook doesn't fry chicken?? You have inspired me to use the chicken I was going to bake and fry it instead. I am a new follower of your lovely blog. I would be honored to have you visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse. We can share a glass of iced tea. It is HOT today!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  21. Replies
    1. Hi Marsha,
      I have never used this recipe to bake the chicken, so I really don't know how it would turn out. My favorite Crunchy Chicken to bake is Baked Nutty Pretzel Chicken, it has a great crunchy crust and great flavor. http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/04/whats-for-dinner-next-week-baked-nutty.html
      Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!
      Miz Helen

  22. Miz Helen, you've made a Blue Ribbon winner with your fried chicken. It looks delicious!

  23. There's nothing like old fashioned fried chicken, and I really like your recipe, Miz Helen. The spices sound delicious. I'm pinning this to try soon :)


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