Deep South Fried Chicken

  • Recipe By
  • Published Aug 13th
  • Ready In45m
  • Servings8
  • Calories351
This was my grandmother's and mother's recipe. It is 125 plus years old. If you are going to fry anything, let it be a frying size chicken. Cut your calories some other way! Start a new tradition, as I have, of fried chicken on Christmas Day!

Deep South Fried Chicken Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Deep South Fried Chicken for 8 servings:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

Deep South Fried Chicken Cooking Instructions

  • Prep10m
  • Cook35m
  • Ready In45m

To cook Deep South Fried Chicken, you need about 10 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Deep South Fried Chicken is about 35 minutes , and you can serve your Deep South Fried Chicken within 45 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Deep South Fried Chicken easily:

  1. 1 Heat the shortening in a large, cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. 2 In a brown paper lunch bag, combine the flour, salt, and pepper. Shake two chicken pieces in the bag to coat, and place them in the skillet. Repeat until all of the chicken is coated and in the skillet.
  3. 3 Fry the chicken over medium-high heat until all of the pieces have been browned on both sides. Turn the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the lid, and increase heat to medium-high. Continue frying until chicken pieces are a deep golden brown, and the juices run clear.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 351 calories; 14.7 grams of fat; 26.5 grams of carbohydrates; 26 grams of protein; 72 milligrams of cholesterol; 358 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Oct 29th 2009

    I DID IT!!!! I finally did it! I finally fried chicken and it turned out!!! I did everything this recipe said however I didn't have an iron skillet so I just used the heaviest skillet I had ...

  2. Jun 28th 2008

    Just a note:) when cooking meats such as fried chicken, that has a crust and using eggs, use only the yolks. The egg whites can cause the crust to burn before the meat is completely done cooking

  3. Apr 10th 2006

    Great flavor and crust. I did marinate the chicken in buttermilk overnight and add seasoning salt, paprika and garlic powder to the flour. Don't forget to make gravy to go with it.

  4. Nov 8th 2005

    Wow. I have tried to make fried chicken many times different ways. On the stove, in a deep fryer, in an electric skillet. This was the best, simplest way to prepare it. Now, don't think it's ...

  5. Aug 28th 2005

    Couldn't be any easier to make this recipe. I used a teflon frying pan and shortening and had no sticking issues. I think the trick is to use shortening and NOT OIL. I also added a bit more ...

  6. Jan 28th 2004

    Wonderful recipe! A few modification: used 2 cups vegetable oil, added 1 tablespoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon paprika. I coated the chicken in the flour mix and then dunked it in an e ...

  7. Oct 9th 2003

    Excellent!! The only thing that makes it better is brining the chicken. Soak the chicken in a brine of 3/4 cups salt to 3 quarts of water for 2 hours, no more or the chicken will be salty. B ...

  8. Feb 10th 2003

    This was just like my mom used to make. It was good and basic. An iron skillet is really a must. I didn't really change anything. In the end, I drained off most of the oil and made cream ...

  9. Oct 11th 2002

    I was craving Fried chicken, so when i came upon this recipe i was stunned to see how simple it looked. I loved it. I did add a little more salt and pepper, and i used oil instead of shorten ...