Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for a true southern dish and taste, you’re going to love this Southern Fried Chicken. Bursting with flavor and super simple to make!

I swear I’m a southerner at heart. Give us a big old plate fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and some biscuits and we are happy as can be!  There’s just something about that taste and flavor that we will forever hold near and dear. This is a super simple recipe. Fry a a batch for dinner and make everyone happy. Do you feel the same way? I mean who doesn’t love a good Southern meal?! 

And if you ask me, cooking good fried chicken is what it’s all about. So many people tend to overlook the main key to making delicious fried chicken, and that’s the crunch of the outer skin! Fried chicken that is perfectly cooked will have a crunchy outer shell that is certain to leave your lap full of crumbs. Trust me on this one, when it comes to wowing all your family and friends, this Southern Fried Chicken recipe is the way to do it. 

We know there are a gazillion different recipes for Southern fried chicken but this is an easy peasy I can make this with my eyes closed I have done this so many times and we love it recipe so it’s our go to. 





If you’re asking me, this is the best southern fried chicken recipe, ever! This is the simplest of all our fried chicken recipes. Using the hot sauce adds the perfect amount of spice. You can use a whole cut up chicken, just thighs, just legs, breasts , whatever you like or have in your freezer. We opted for legs on this night. 

Southern Fried Chicken – Sharing is Caring

All my family and friends know that I love fried chicken. But, because I love them too, I know that sharing is caring when it comes to making a delicious recipe. While I’ve been known to make this up at home for just the two of us, I’ll also never hesitate to make up a large batch and share with all my family and friends as well.


This fried chicken recipe is perfect for tailgates, family dinners, and even outdoor potlucks. If you’re asking me, there’s never a wrong time to eat delicious fried chicken! 

Who invented Southern Fried Chicken?

Believe it or not, it was invented by the Scottish back in the day! They were the ones that decided to fry it, while the rest of the world was actually boiling it instead. (Thank goodness for them creating this dish!)


Can you cook this traditional southern fried chicken in a cast iron skillet?

You can, but it just might be a little more difficult to do it that way. If you can immerse the chicken into the oil to fry it, it just cooks it faster and more thoroughly together. However, if you want to use a cast iron skillet, you can! Just make certain to keep an eye on it and turn it to continue frying both sides as needed. (And it’s always good practice to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to make certain it’s cooked all the way through!) 


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Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken - If you're looking for a true southern dish and taste, you're going to love this Southern Fried Chicken. Bursting with flavor and super simple to make!

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 large eggs
  • cup water
  • ¾ cup hot sauce
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 ½ -2 lb.  chicken, uncooked cut into pieces or you can use thighs, legs or bone in chicken breasts ( I cut the bone in breasts in half if they are large)

  • peanut oil

House Seasoning

  • 1 cup salt
  • ½ cup black pepper
  • ½ cup garlic powder


  • House Seasoning:

    1. Mix together salt, ground black pepper, and garlic powder in a bowl

    1.  Beat eggs and water in a medium bowl. Add hot sauce and stir until combined. Mix flour and 1 tsp. pepper in a separate bowl. 

    2. Season chicken pieces with a couple of tablespoons of the house seasoning. Dip seasoned chicken in egg mixture and then coat with the flour mixture.

    3. In a deep pot, heat oil to 350 degrees F.  Fry chicken for about 10 minutes (for chicken legs) or until brown and crisp. Large pieces of chicken will take longer to cook. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to make certain it's cooked all the way through

    Serve hot and enjoy!


Store House Seasoning in an airtight container in your pantry to season just about anything! 

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