Southern Fried Chicken
Southern Fried Chicken
5 from 79 votes
This fried chicken recipe will give you the crispiest and crunchiest outside with the moistest and juicy meat on the side. Packed with flavour, this fried chicken recipe will fast become your favourite. Who needs KFC?
Southern Fried Chicken

Have you ever craved that crispy, golden-brown goodness that is Southern Fried Chicken? Look no further!

This iconic dish, originating from the southern United States, has captivated taste buds around the world with its irresistible combination of juicy chicken and flavorful coating.

Despite its reputation for being a bit challenging to perfect, fear not, as I’ve crafted a recipe that even beginners can tackle with confidence.

This recipe brings together simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen, transforming humble chicken into a masterpiece of flavor and texture. With just a few steps, you’ll be frying up chicken that rivals your favorite restaurant’s version.

Expert Tip: Don’t overcrowd the frying pan, as this can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy fried chicken.


Plain Flour: Plain flour provides the perfect base for achieving that crispy exterior we all crave. Its neutral flavor allows the other spices to shine while forming a delightful crust around the chicken.

Paprika: Adding a warm, smoky flavor and a beautiful reddish hue, paprika brings depth to the coating. It enhances the overall taste experience and adds visual appeal to the finished dish.

Black Pepper: With its sharp, pungent flavor, black pepper adds a kick to the coating, elevating the taste profile of the fried chicken. It also complements the other spices, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

Garlic Powder: A staple in many savory dishes, garlic powder infuses the coating with a robust garlic flavor without the need for fresh garlic. It adds complexity and depth to the overall taste, enhancing the savory notes of the fried chicken.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt not only enhances the natural flavors of the chicken but also helps to balance the spices in the coating. It ensures that each bite is perfectly seasoned, making the fried chicken irresistibly delicious.

Chilli Powder: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, chili powder brings a fiery kick to the coating, adding excitement to every bite. Its subtle smokiness and heat level can be adjusted to suit your preference, making this recipe customizable to your taste.

Eggs: Acting as the binder for the coating, eggs help adhere the flour mixture to the chicken, ensuring that it forms a crispy, golden-brown crust when fried. They also contribute to the richness and texture of the coating, resulting in fried chicken that is both tender and crunchy.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, marinate the chicken in buttermilk for a few hours before dredging in the flour mixture.

Serving Suggestions

  • Classic Side Dishes: Pair your crispy fried chicken with classic Southern sides like creamy mashed potatoes, buttery cornbread, or tangy coleslaw for a traditional feast that will transport you to the heart of the South.
  • Fresh Salad: Balance out the richness of the fried chicken with a refreshing salad tossed in a light vinaigrette. Opt for crisp greens, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and your favorite toppings for a vibrant and satisfying meal.
  • Southern-Inspired Gravy: Drizzle your fried chicken with homemade gravy made from pan drippings for an extra indulgent touch. Whether it’s creamy country gravy or savory giblet gravy, the rich flavors will take your fried chicken to the next level.
  • Pickles and Hot Sauce: Add a tangy and spicy kick to your fried chicken by serving it with pickles and hot sauce on the side. The acidity of the pickles cuts through the richness of the chicken, while the hot sauce provides a fiery punch that’s sure to awaken your taste buds.
  • Southern Comfort Dessert: End your meal on a sweet note with a classic Southern dessert like peach cobbler, pecan pie, or banana pudding. The comforting flavors and nostalgic charm of these desserts perfectly complement the soulful simplicity of Southern Fried Chicken.

Expert Tip: Ensure the oil is at the right temperature before frying to achieve a crispy coating without burning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my fried chicken not crispy?

If your fried chicken isn’t as crispy as you’d like, it could be due to several factors. Make sure the oil is at the correct temperature before frying—too hot, and the coating may burn before the chicken cooks through, while too cold, and the chicken may absorb too much oil, resulting in a soggy crust.

Additionally, ensure that you shake off any excess flour from the chicken before frying and avoid overcrowding the frying pan, which can cause the chicken to steam rather than fry.

Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe?

Yes, you can use boneless chicken for this recipe if you prefer. However, keep in mind that bone-in chicken tends to be juicier and more flavorful. If using boneless chicken, adjust the cooking time accordingly as boneless cuts may cook faster than bone-in pieces.

Can I bake this fried chicken instead of frying it?

While traditional Southern Fried Chicken is typically deep-fried for that signature crispy coating, you can certainly bake it for a lighter alternative. To bake the chicken, place coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

While Southern Fried Chicken is best enjoyed fresh and hot, you can prepare the coating mixture and dredge the chicken in advance and store it in the refrigerator until ready to fry. However, for the crispiest results, it’s recommended to fry the chicken just before serving.

What should I do with leftover fried chicken?

If you have leftover fried chicken, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat, place the chicken on a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Avoid reheating fried chicken in the microwave, as it can make the coating soggy.

Can I freeze leftover fried chicken?

Yes, you can freeze leftover fried chicken for longer storage. Allow the chicken to cool completely, then place it in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the chicken to a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 2-3 months. To reheat, thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight and follow the reheating instructions mentioned above.

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Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
This fried chicken recipe will give you the crispiest and crunchiest outside with the most moist and juicy meat on the side. Packed with flavour, this fried chicken recipe will fast become your favourite. Who needs KFC?
5 from 79 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetiser, Dinner
Cuisine American, Western
Servings 6
Calories 147 kcal


  • 200 g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 Eggs


  • In a large bowl mix the plain flour with all the rest of the dry ingredients until well combined
  • Crack the eggs and whisk until the egg yolks and egg whites are evenly combined
  • When ready to fry heat a pan with oil for deep frying until medium-hot ensuring that the oil is not too hot
  • Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the flour mixture before repeating by dipping into egg and flour again
  • Shake off any excess flour on the chicken then add the chicken into the fryer – there should be tiny bubbles surrounding them – and allow the chicken to cook undisturbed for 6-8 minutes until golden brown before flipping and allowing to cook for another 6-8 minutes until golden brown on the other side
  • Serve with French fries and the dip of your choice!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 6gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 420mgPotassium: 83mgFibre: 1gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 330IUVitamin C: 2mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 18mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Comfort Food, Cooking, Food, Fried, KFC, KFC Style, Recipe
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Nabeela Kauser

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Thank you for your comment and interest in my southern fried chicken recipe! I hope you and your family enjoy it when you get a chance to try it out. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback. Thanks again for stopping by!

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