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Southern Fried Chicken


  • Serves 6.


  • 3 lbs. chicken pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Peanut oil


Soak chicken pieces several hours or overnight in water that has been heavily salted. Remove from water and pat dry. Dip chicken pieces in buttermilk and sprinkle them with salt, pepper, and paprika. Dredge them in the flour. Let stand for 20 minutes, then dredge them in flour again.

Fill a large cast-iron skillet 1 inch deep with peanut oil, heating to 375°. Use a thermometer to test this. Add 4 or 5 pieces to the skillet, being careful not to let pieces touch. Brown on both sides and remove pieces to a platter. Brown remaining pieces in the same way. When all chicken is browned, return all of it to the skillet and reduce heat to medium low or low and cover. Cook slowly and gently for about 20 minutes. Check often and turn or move chicken to ensure it all cooks evenly. Drain on paper towel and move to a wire colander to keep chicken crisp until served.

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