Southern Fried Chicken

| January 27, 2014 | 36 Comments

Southern Fried Chicken, as seen on Taste of Southern.
Follow step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our Southern Fried Chicken in a cast iron skillet, just like mama used to do it.  I’ll even share our families secret recipe of “herbs and spices,” so you can make this delicious old southern classic at home for you and your family to enjoy. Printable recipe included.


Southern Fried Chicken, slider.
Southern Fried Chicken Recipe:


I’ve been asked numerous times over the past years, for a recipe on Southern Fried Chicken.  I think I’ve just been putting it off, because I must be honest, I can’t fry chicken the way my mother did.  Yes, I’ve tried, but it just never seems to be what I remember eating sitting at her table.

As I’ve mentioned before, we always had 11-15 people at our house for Sunday Dinner, each and every Sunday.  My older brother and sister had married and had children of their own, years before I ever did. Mama always expected ALL of us to be at her house on Sunday.  And, if that wasn’t enough, 9 times out of 10, she invited the pastor and his family.  But, all was well and good.  She always had plenty of food.

Mama would get up early on Sunday and start cooking, before she got ready for church.  What she didn’t finish by church time, she finished just as soon as she got home, and could get more comfortable shoes and her apron on.  She always had the apron.

Sometimes chicken would be frying away and she’d just cut the burner off, cover the pan, and go to church.  When she got back, she’d turn the burner back on and continue right where she left off.

Of course, back then, once everyone ate, Mama would just throw a big white cloth over the table after all the dirty dishes were removed.  The remaining food would sit right on the table, chicken and all, until supper time when we’d dig into it again.  Ahhh, those were the days.

I totally LOVED Mama’s fried chicken.  Always a drumstick or thigh, seldom the breast part.  Or, maybe I’d get lucky and find the wishbone. You know, I still can’t cut up a chicken to where it has a wishbone.  I’m not very adept at carving up a whole chicken anyway.  I get by, but that’s about it.

Mama fried chicken in her cast iron skillet during the week, but Sundays required the bigger, Electric Frying Pan that she acquired later on. Just so you’ll know, the skillet you’ll see pictured below IS the exact same skillet.  It’s my most treasured piece of cooking equipment.

I’ve often wondered why I can’t seem to fry chicken up the same way she did.  She always used Lard.  I use Lard.  As for that family secret of “herbs and spices,” Mama only used TWO… Salt and Black Pepper.  Tell that to the Colonel. Still, her chicken came out fabulously.  And, it wasn’t just me, most everyone else raved about how good it was.

I’ve read that the reason chicken doesn’t taste like it use to, is because of the way chickens are raised these days.  It appears the best way to even get close to the chicken of days gone by, is to buy organic and farm raised chickens.  I’m going to do that one day just to see if it makes a difference.  I’m just too quick to grab one at the big mart when I’m ready to fry up my own.

I will however, do my best to show you the process.  It’s the way Mama cooked hers, and the way I cook it myself, minus her special touch of course.  I hope you’ll try it in a big old cast iron skillet of your own, and come back and let me know how you like it.

Ready to give it a try?  Alright then, heat up some Lard and Let’s Get Cooking!


Southern Fried Chicken, you'll need these ingredients.
Skillet Fried Chicken:  You’ll need these ingredients.

I realized after I placed the pictures from the camera onto my computer, that the bucket of Lard wasn’t saying LARD but Manteca.  But, that was a good thing, because if you can’t find Lard in your grocery store, check one of the Hispanic stores.  Chances are they will have it under the name of Manteca. One side of this bucket says Lard, the other says Manteca… same thing.

I realize we could get into lots of discussion over using Lard, but let’s just enjoy the memories… OK?


Southern Fried Chicken, remove the packet of giblets.
Most whole chickens come packed with a packet of giblets inside the chicken cavity.  The neck bone will either be still attached, or also inside the bird.  You’ll want to be sure to remove the packet of giblets and save them for later.  You can use them to make gravy for your fried chicken, or freeze them for later, maybe to make your own chicken stock.


Southern Fried Chicken, rinse the bird.
Give the bird a good bath, inside and out.  Rinse it under cold running water inside the sink.


Southern Fried Chicken, cut up the chicken.
Cut up the chicken.  Now, that’s a whole step-by-step story within itself that we’ll save for another day. Maybe after I get a bit better at it myself.  Just saying.


Southern Fried Chicken, save the back and giblets.
Be sure to save the back, neck and giblet pieces.  We can use those in another recipe later.  It will make great stock or soup, so freeze it all together if you don’t have plans to use it within a day or so.


Southern Fried Chicken, add salt.
Lay the chicken out on a sheet pan and add just a little bit of salt to taste.


Southern Fried Chicken, add black pepper.
Give it some Black Pepper, also to taste.  Basically whatever you think you can get away with for your family.


Southern Fried Chicken, season both sides.
Turn all the pieces over, right there in the pan, and season the other side with Salt and Black Pepper.


Southern Fried Chicken, flour in a bowl.
Place about 2 cups of flour in a medium size bowl.  Use a fork to break up any large lumps that might be in it.


Southern Fried Chicken, dredge the chicken.
One piece at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour.  Just drop a piece in, turn it over a time or two, and coat all the sides and edges.


Southern Fried Chicken, shake off any excess.
Gently shake off any excess flour.


Southern Fried Chicken, no flour under skin.
If you have a piece of chicken where the skin has pulled loose from the meat, just fold it back down on the meat.  Don’t try to flour underneath the skin.  The flour will not brown once it’s in the hot oil, and you aren’t really going to like the outcome.  You can thank me later.


Southern Fried Chicken, add flour on top.
Just spread the loose skin back out on the chicken piece and coat the top with flour.  Continue this with each piece, placing it back on the sheet pan after shaking off any excess flour.


Southern Fried Chicken, discard any leftover flour.
Discard any leftover flour.  I know it seems wasteful, but it’s better to toss it than cross contaminate some other food later.


Southern Fried Chicken, let the chicken rest and dry a bit.
Once you’ve coated all the chicken pieces, just let it set on the sheet pan and rest a bit.  This will allow the coating to dry and hold to the chicken better.  We’ll just let it sit out for the length of time it takes to heat up the cooking oil.


Southern Fried Chicken, lard in the skillet.
Place some lard in your cast iron skillet.  You’ll need enough lard, once it’s melted, to measure about 3/4 of an inch deep inside the skillet.


Southern Fried Chicken, add some butter.
Once the lard has melted and started to warm up, CAREFULLY add the Butter.  A Tablespoon full of Bacon Grease would also be really good, if you have that.  The butter will of course brown in the Lard but that’s the point.  It helps give the first pieces of chicken cooked in the Lard a nice brown color.  It also helps to add some flavor.


Southern Fried Chicken, it bubbles.
I say carefully, because the cold Butter going into the hot Lard, will start to bubble and splatter.  Just be sure you don’t let it splatter out on yourself.  A splatter screen comes in pretty handy for frying chicken. One day, I think I’ll actually buy myself one.  Sadly, I just look at it as another item that has to be washed after the meal is over.


Southern Fried Chicken, testing the lard.
If you take just a pinch of flour, and drop it in the hot Lard, it will start to dance and sizzle if the Lard is hot enough to start frying the chicken in.  As you can see here, it just wasn’t quite hot enough at this point.  A thermometer would be even better if you have that.  The Lard needs to get up to 350º to properly fry the chicken.  I’ve learned that placing my largest burner on just a little below Medium heat, works perfect for frying.  With a little practice, you’ll learn what works best for you.


Southern Fried Chicken, add the chicken.
Place the chicken, skin side down, in the skillet. That grease is hot, be careful lowering the chicken so it doesn’t splatter back on you.


Southern Fried Chicken, don't crowd the pan.
Don’t overcrowd the pan when adding the other pieces.  I’m cooking wings, thigh and legs in the first batch.  The breasts will cook a little quicker, so I’ll add them in the second batch.

I like to call the next steps, the 7-7-7 Method.  I’ve just found it to be an easy way to remember the steps involved. We’re going to fry the chicken 7 minutes with the lid OFF, then 7 minutes with the lid ON. Turn it, cover it, then fry 7 more minutes with the lid ON.  From now on, you’ll always remember the 7-7-7’s. Take a look.


Southern Fried Chicken, uncover and cook.
After 7 minutes the bottom edges will start turning a little brown. Overtime, you’ll learn to listen to your frying pan as you cook. If it’s bubbling really fast and furious, you’re probably cooking too hot and need to turn the heat down a bit. If it’s not sounding very active when the chicken gets to going, you might need to increase the heat some. Also, once the chicken is done, the sizzle will slow down a considerable amount to let you know its done. Takes a little practice, but overtime it becomes second nature.


Place the lid over the chicken and let it fry 7 more minutes with the lid ON. The lid forces heat down inside the chicken so it cooks more evenly on the inside and around the bone.


Southern Fried Chicken, turn the chicken.
Use some tongs and turn each piece.  You could also re-position the pieces in the pan if you see one area is cooking a bit hotter than the other.  You’d know this by seeing burned spots.


Southern Fried Chicken, cover again.
Place the lid back on the chicken once again.  We’ll let it cook for 7 more minutes on the second side with the lid ON the pan.


Southern Fried Chicken, uncover again.
Carefully remove the lid once again.  The chicken has cooked pretty well on both sides by now.  At this point, you could use a meat thermometer to see what the internal temperature of the chicken is.  It needs to cook until that temperature reaches 165º inside to be safe.  It just depends on how hot your pan is at this point. Make sure your thermometer is not touching a bone when you check the temp.


Southern Fried Chicken, drain on paperbag.
In order to keep the fried chicken good and crispy, remove it from the pan and let it drain on a piece of brown paper bag, or on a wire rack.  It’s best to not place it on paper towels unless you like a softer touch to the skin.  Experiment with it and find which you like best.  Placing the fried chicken in a bowl and covering with a towel will soften up the exterior, but still give a tender and moist fried chicken experience.


Southern Fried Chicken, enjoy.
Go ahead and cook the second batch.  Since we saved the breast pieces until last, they will cook a bit faster.  I still used the 7 minutes with the lid off, 7 minutes with the lid on – then turn, and cover and cook about 7 more minutes. When you remove the lid, check the internal temperature of the breast pieces.  It will probably be done and should be removed.  Thicker pieces of course will take longer to cook than the thinner sections.  You’ll just have to monitor it during the final minutes of cooking so as to not over cook it.  It takes a little practice, but you can do it.

Pan fried chicken is best if allowed to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.  You don’t want anyone biting into super hot pieces of chicken.


UPDATED -05-30-2019:  The USDA now says its best not to rinse store bought chicken before cooking. According to them, it increases the chances of contamination from raw chicken and could cause sickness. It’s kind of hard to cutup a whole chicken at home without splattering a little juice from the chicken around in the sink. Just use caution and be sure to sanitize your sink and surrounding counter areas anytime you’re working with poultry. Restaurants use a bit of chlorine bleach mixed in with water to spray and clean all of their work tables, sinks and cooking areas. You might want to do the same. Thanks for listening.


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Southern Fried Chicken Recipe from Taste of

Southern Fried Chicken

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pieces 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Chicken
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Follow step-by-step, photo illustrated instructions for making our Southern Fried Chicken in a cast iron skillet, just like mama used to do it. I’ll even share our families secret recipe of “herbs and spices,” so you can make this delicious old southern classic at home for you and your family to enjoy.



  • 1 – Whole Fryer, cut up
  • 2 cups Flour
  • Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
  • Lard or shortening, for frying.


  1. Remove neck and giblet pieces from inside chicken cavity. Set aside.
  2. Rinse chicken, inside and out, under cold running water.
  3. Carefully cut up the chicken into 8 pieces, reserving backbone for stock.
  4. Spread chicken pieces out on a sheet pan.
  5. Sprinkle both sides with Salt and Pepper to taste.
  6. Place about 2 cups of flour in a mixing bowl.
  7. One at a time, dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, coating both sides and ends.
  8. Remove chicken, shaking off any excess flour.
  9. Set the coated chicken back on the sheet pan. Let it rest while you heat up the Lard.
  10. Heat the lard in a cast iron skillet to 350º for frying.
  11. Melted lard should be about ¾ of an inch deep inside the skillet.
  12. Carefully place pieces of floured chicken in the hot oil, skin side down.
  13. Do not overcrowd the skillet.
  14. Let the chicken cook for 7 minutes.
  15. Cover skillet and let chicken cook for 7 minutes.
  16. Carefully turn chicken over, cover the pan and let the chicken cook 7 minutes.
  17. Remove cover and let chicken cook until done. 165F degrees internally.
  18. Remove chicken from skillet and place on wire rack or brown paper bag to cool.
  19. Let the chicken cool for 15 minutes before serving.
  20. Serve warm and Enjoy!

Keywords: Southern Fried Chicken Recipe, mama's fried chicken, made from scratch, skillet fried, cast iron skillet, southern recipes


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  1. Linda says:

    Looks great! That’s just how my mom fried a whole chicken…I haven’t mastered cutting up a whole chicken yet but mine turns out almost as good as mom’s.

    Thank you

  2. Ginger M Ward says:

    I think I forgot to rate!!

  3. Ginger M Ward says:

    Steve, before I even looked, I was almost sure you were from North Carolina.
    I am SO grateful for you. I just fried up a batch of my Mama’s fried chicken, because you were kind enough to share. My Mama and Grandma have passed and at the tender young age of 60 I am now interested in cooking.(my husband passed 2 years ago also, so I don’t have a cook!
    I had tried in vain to get this right before finding your website…
    the lard and 7 7 7 was the ticket! (Just so it isn’t 6’s!)
    My Mama would call you a real Southern gentleman for forgoing the alcohol and so do I. I have yet to meet anyone it makes nicer or smarter. I hate the taste of alcohol in my food….all I can taste is wine or whatever is used. Very overrated. Like you, this is my opinion!
    I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. I’m in Whiteville, NC I thank you and God bless you!
    “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!”
    (I was going to post picture but I can’t figure out how!)


    Just one quick question. You have self-rising flour pictured, is that what you use?

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Corina, YES, I do. Thank you for the question, I hope it helps. If you try the chicken, please let me know how it turns out for you. I do appreciate your visit today and hope you’ll stop by often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  5. Olive Burke says:

    I agree you can’t beat Southern Fried Chicken like Mama made, and if you get it perfect I’ll be the first to try it. But you know what, Mama cooked with such an extra helping of love in the skillet. At my fragile 79 yo, I can no longer lift cast iron but I have a skillet with vented cover which is just begging to try your southern fried. I’ve also got ten nice thighs that have been skinned, most fat removed, pounded, split them at the bone – too weak to pull the bone out for boneless- individually pkg’d and frzn. I’m really looking fwd to trying your method on a couple. . You’re also correct our chicken had not been raised on anything special – just yard, chicken feed that had NO additives and on occasion a 25# bag of oyster shells for the eggs. Haven’t fried chicken in so long I had to go online to refresh memory and came across you website. Thanks loads.

  6. Lisa says:

    Home grown chickens are the best, I totally agree. Organic store bought is next. Avoid the major grocery stores, icky. When I was a kid, the chickens were killed after church (very rarely the night before), cooked for dinner that night. Sunday was always chicken dinner. My grandmother soaked the chicken in saltwater (gets all the blood out, makes for white meat), fry in butter, lard if we didn’t have enough butter-rare cause Nubbins (the cow) gave lots of great milk.

  7. Fanica says:

    Finally I tried your chicken recipe. Did not have lard (do not know where to find it) only shortening. The apartment has an electric stove and it was tricky adjusting the temperature. Used the microwave timer to keep track of the process. A few years ago I bought a cast iron chicken fryer with a lid, now I know why they have lids. The inside of the lid has little pimples, I think it is for the steam to drop and keep the chicken moist. Do you know why? My chicken came out a bit dry and overcooked. Your method works wonderful. Will have to do some adjustments for the next time. Thank you!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Fanica, Thank you for sharing your comments with us. I’m happy you tried our Southern Fried Chicken recipe, and I do hope you will continue to work on making it better. You are right about the “dimples” inside the lid. They actually help baste the chicken as it’s cooking. Pretty smart idea isn’t it? I do appreciate your visit, and I trust you’ll stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  8. Ricky Evans says:

    I do the same recipe, except I fry it for the 8 minutes or so until the crust is golden brown. Then put the chicken on a rack with catchpan underneath and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes. Much of the grease drips out and the crust is very crunchy. BTW, lard is where it’s at. Better flavor and better for you (ducking from food police).

  9. Fanica says:

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Since you are so fond of seafood I am sending you a very old family recipe from my days in Charleston South Carolina.

    1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
    3 tablespoons Salt
    1 tablespoon Black Pepper, Ground
    1 tablespoon Mustard Powder
    2 large Bay Leaf
    Mix together. Add water to cover. Boil for 5 minutes.
    2 pound Shrimp, In Shells
    1 pound Smoked Sausage, Sliced
    2 ears of corn, Break in Half
    6 small Red Skinned Potatoes, Whole
    1 large Onion, Peeled, Quartered with Root
    4 whole Garlic Cloves
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon Hot Sauce (Optional)
    Fill a pot with water. Add vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard powder, bay leaf, onion, garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a boil and add sausage, corn and potatoes. Simmer for about 30 minutes or until done. Add shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes. Drain and discard onion and garlic. Serve in a large bowl. Makes 4 servings.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Fanica, Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds great. In case you haven’t seen it, I posted a recipe called “Beaufort Stew Recipe” here on Taste of Southern back in February of 2013. It’s very similar. Perhaps you’ll check it out. Here’s the link: Beaufort Stew Recipe Thank you again for sharing your version, I’ll have to try it next time I get some shrimp. I sincerely appreciate your visit, and trust you will stop by again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  10. Fanica says:

    Thank you so much for posting the instructions. Love your stories especially Dirty Harry:) This year I will have to perfect my fried chicken; I will be working with your recipe. The problem with my fried chicken is the inside is never fully cooked and the outside is done; I always have to finish it in the oven. I will also be working with your biscuit recipe; mine are hockey pucks. LOL!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Fanica, I do hope you’ll try our Southern Fried Chicken recipe and that it works out well for you. It gets much easier the more you try it, so hang in there and don’t ever give up. I appreciate your comments on our stories, and Dirty Harry. (Note to readers: Dirty Harry is a Blue Heron that hangs around the pier where I fish. I wrote about him in one of my Newsletters.) Please let me know if you try the recipe. Thank you for your visits to Taste of Southern and I trust you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  11. Gena Norton says:

    Reading this post, I felt like you were describing my Granny’s Sunday dinner…right down to covering the table with a big ole cloth after dinner was over. I have looked and looked for a recipe for this kind of fried chicken. I have a chicken that an old lady gave me…raised, killed, and cut up herself. I am hoping to do it justice with this recipe. Wish me luck!

  12. Kelly Pelton says:

    Hey Steve,
    Have you ever tried rendering your own lard? There’s a HUGE flavor difference IMHO and all you need is a good butcher to get you some leaf fat from the pig, a crockpot, knife, and cutting board. Maybe a strainer. There’s a million videos on YouTube showing how to do it. My favorite video on the subject is on Michigan Snow Poney’s channel. Maybe it’ll get you a teensy bit closer to your Mama’s fried chicken. Good luck and God bless!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Kelly, I actually did a post on How To Render Leaf Lard. You can find it here on Taste of Southern. I made a little, to make pie crusts with, and really liked it. Thank you for suggesting it though. I appreciate your visits, and trust you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  13. Hilditch says:

    Steve, I suspect your Mama cooked with her ear, not a clock and a thermometer. Her chicken probably never saw 170°. You may want to try listening to chicken frying. It will tell you when it’s done and time to take it out. A chicken that tastes like a chicken sure helps and after that it’s all technique.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Hilditch, You’re right about Mama not using a clock, or a thermometer. She just looked and listened, and fried up some great chicken. I don’t often fry chicken here at home, so I’m not as experienced with the listening part as she would have been. We fried fish and shrimp that way at the restaurant. The more you do it, the better you generally get at it, or should.

      Thank you for your comment. I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern and trust you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  14. Andrew says:

    Love this recipe, my drum sticks turned out a bit black after the flip even after removing them early! I’m sure it had to do with using a copper bottomed instead of cast iron skillet but I’ll surely be attempting it again once I invest in a lodge logic pan, thanks!

  15. Richard says:

    Thank you very much for demonstrating that you do not need modern tools to formulate good dishes, these are GREAT! Will be looking at your entire site. You will hear from me again!!!!!

  16. Barbara says:

    Hi Steve, your fried chicken recipe inspired me to get lard from the farmers market and cook with it for the first time ever. The chicken was great! A question: my mother soaked the chicken in buttermilk for a few hours prior to frying, though I do not know the reason and she is no longer around for me to ask…its entirely possible that she was taught to do this and had not known why. Is that just an unnecessary step or might it be worthwhile?

    Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures (love step by step pictures and yours were awesome) and detailed tips…it was especially helpful for my first foray into cooking with lard!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Barbara, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, and that you purchased some lard to fry up a batch of Southern Fried Chicken. It’s good to know that you liked it.

      Lots of folks marinate chicken in buttermilk before frying. And, you’re right, a lot of them do it because that’s the way they were taught to do it. Mama never did, thus I don’t. However, soaking in buttermilk can serve a couple of purposes that you might want to try. The bit of acid in buttermilk can help tenderize the chicken a bit. Not much, but maybe a little. It will also add a bit of flavor to the chicken. By all means give it a try the next time you fry some chicken. You might like the results. I hope this helps.

      Thank you for the question and I do hope you’ll visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  17. Sarah says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. We raise and process about 35 chickens twice a year for our family and give away a few as gifts. We can’t go back to store chicken after enjoying our own pasture raised broilers! It’s definitely worth the effort. I just rendered pastured pork lard for the first time and I’m so excited to try your recipe! I can’t wait to explore your site for more recipes and instructions. I’m hoping I will finally be able to make a decent biscuit!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Sarah, I’m thankful you found Taste of Southern, thank you for your comments. Must be nice to be able to raise your own chickens. I might be a bit envious of that. I understand there really is a difference in the taste as compared to what most of us get from the grocery store. How did that lard turn out?

      I do hope you’ll get to try many of our recipes. Let me know when you do. I appreciate your visits and hope you’ll stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  18. Joe says:

    Hi Steve
    Im 50 now.. Your mom was about the same age as my mom.. I grew up on a farm.. Old school.. 7 kids 2 parents.. I LOVE your old recipes of cathead buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken,pork chops etc.. Mashed taters and gravy went with any iron skllet fried meats.. And any kind of beans.. I use your Taste of Southern site alot to teach my kids primetive farm living and simple cooked meals for large families back in the day/. Seamed like Mom could cook a full course fried up meal in minutes..
    Thanks for sharing.. Brings back good ole memories and tasted buds some people never get to discover if it wasnt for you great site
    Joe ,
    in good ole south Ga

  19. Veronica says:


    As I’m reading this recipe, I’m thinking what about the second coating of flour, and where’s the egg? My mom made the Best Fried Chicken, and we even used a deep fryer at my house. The result was Wonderful.

    It was like your chicken fried steak recipe.
    I was just looking at your “Chicken Fried Steak” recipe. Just a thought. I have to say, using a deep fryer is a great way to fry as you will not have so much oil in your food. Always place on the paper towels to drain after frying.

    I hope this helps.

    Good Luck!

  20. Rebekah says:

    Greetings, Steve! I have been exploring your website and I decided to try this recipe last night. Overall, I enjoyed the results and it was the best effort I’ve made with fried chicken in quite a while. I didn’t have any lard, so I used peanut oil, which didn’t give me quite the richness I was looking for, but turned out pretty tasty nonetheless. Crispy and fairly light on the grease. I like to render my own lard, and I should have some fat coming my way soon. Once that’s in place, I will surely make this again and continue to use your 7’s technique, which I think was the greatest factor in my success. The one modification I’ll make to it is to turn my chicken a bit more frequently, as I got a burned spot where one of the pieces rested for too long. Like you spoke of, it can take a little adjustment depending on many factors. I’m really getting a kick out of all your recipes and lovely stories, so please feel encouraged to keep up the good work. As for me, your biscuits are next! My best to you.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rebekah, I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern, and very happy to know that you were willing to give our Southern Fried Chicken recipe a try. Lard really makes a difference in my opinion. It’s difficult to find the good stuff in stores these days as it’s all pasteurized etc. Rendering takes a little time, but well worth the effort. I commend you for doing the extra work.

      Instead of turning the chicken more often, might I suggest that you either rotate it around in the pan, or just turn the whole skillet around if possible. That helps prevent some of the hotter spots from burning the chicken. Just a suggestion of course.

      Thank You for your comments, and for your compliments, it’s greatly appreciated. I do hope you’ll try some of our other recipes, and I’ll look for you to stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  21. Hans says:

    Excellent recipe Steve! Thanks for sharing! One quick question: what’s your assessment with substituting lard with something else, like canola or peanut oil? Just wanted your opinion. Thanks!

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Hans, Thank you for your question. You could easily substitute the Lard by using either Peanut Oil or the Canola Oil. You should still get good results as both have a higher smoke point than Lard and can handle the heat. I’d probably go with the Peanut Oil, but that’s just my opinion. I do hope you’ll try the recipe and that you’ll let me know how it turns out for you. Thank you for your visit and your question, and do visit with us again… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  22. Rose says:

    This is the same recipe that has been handed down in my family for generations. My paternal Grandmother was a hard working Iowa farm woman..before all of the modern conveniences of modern farms. She raised 100’s of chickens while my Dad & Grandfather tended the hundreds of acres of corn.

    Store bought chickens today do not taste the same as those farm raised chickens, makes a huge difference. I don’t buy store chickens.

    You just made me hungry for fried chicken tonight..:-)

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Rose, Thank you for sharing your story and memories. I appreciate your visit and hope you get the chance to fry up some chicken of your own real soon. I’m thankful you’ve found Taste of Southern and hope you’ll visit with us often. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

  23. Connie says:

    Thank you for this post. I have always wanted to try cooking with lard and after seeing this recipe I am definitly going to try it. I liked that your recipe does’nt have to many ingredients and that you gave the amount of time it should take to fry it. Thank you again.

    • Steve Gordon says:

      Hi Connie, Thank you for your comments on our Southern Fried Chicken Recipe. I do hope you get to try it soon, and that you will come back and let me know how it turns out for you. It’s my pleasure to share the recipe and the pictures, I really hope you’ll like it. Thank you for your visit and do stop by for another visit with us… real soon. Be Blessed!!! -Steve

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