Country Calabash Chicken

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READY IN: 48hrs 15mins
Recipe by John-Boy

This recipe is from our local newspaper's annual cookbook (Stroller Cookbook in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, SC). Calabash Chicken is a favorite in my neck of the woods.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. The day before frying, mix the salt, sage and thyme together in a plastic bag.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and toss until they are evenly and lightly coated.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the chicken under running water and place in a shallow dish.
  5. Pour the buttermilk over the chicken.
  6. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. The next day, combine the flour, salt and pepper in another shallow dish.
  8. Drain the buttermilk from the chicken pieces, but do not dry them.
  9. Dredge the chicken in the flour mixture.
  10. Heat a large, heavy skillet or saute pan over high heat. Add 1 inch of peanut oil and heat until almost smoking.
  11. Carefully place the chicken in the hot oil, leaving plenty of space between the pieces.
  12. Reduce the heat to medium and cook the chicken for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  13. Drain the chicken on wire racks with paper towels underneath.
  14. For Dipping Sauce - Mix well all ingredients in a serving bowl. Let chill in the refrigerator prior to serving.

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