Southern fried chicken

Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside!

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The perfect blend of a crispy, crunchy bite on the outside but moist, juicy chicken on the inside.

Fried chicken certainly isn't healthy. But when you do it, you need to do it "up" right. Perfect for a spring picnic, a potluck or Sunday dinner, summer parties or just anytime you want it, fried chicken is certainly a treat!

Southern fried chicken

Serves 4


  • 1 (2-1/2 to 3 pound) chicken fryer, cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning (amount is to your taste, about 2 teaspoons each)
  • Crisco for frying
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. For the chicken, place the pieces in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours. Overnight is best.
  2. Heat Crisco in a deep cast iron skillet or a frying pan to 375 degrees F. (To check to see if your oil is hot enough, carefully sprinkle in a pinch of flour. If it sizzles, then you are ready to fry!) 
  3. Mix the flour, black pepper and the cayenne pepper together in a pie plate.
  4. Using tongs, place each piece of chicken into the flour mixture, and then shake off any excess flour.
  5. Add the chicken to the hot oil and fry until crispy. The darker pieces of meat will require longer to fry, about 15 minutes each, where the white pieces will cook in about 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Place on paper towel-lined plates and serve hot or at room temperature. Either way, this chicken will be delicious!

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Aimee Fortney is “Not the Perfect Cook.” Retiring at age 31 as a bilingual political consultant, Aimee is now a cookbook author, blogger, recipe developer and inspirational food lover, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and daughter. Aimee can be seen on Nashville’s WSMV and you can read her blogs, recipes and funny, “Not the Perfect Cook” adventures as she strives to keep families out of the drive thru, cooking at home (on a budget) on her website, and follow her on twitter, @aimeefortney.