Total Time
1hr 25mins
Prep 25 mins
Cook 1 hr

This waws also on the forum. My Mom's fried chicken is very basic. she always fried hers in a cast iron skillet and fried it in a cast iron skillet. The amount of salt is approx.


  1. Wash chicken pieces.
  2. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a paper bag.
  3. Add a few pieces of chicken at a time shaking to coat with flour.
  4. In a large cast iron skillet over moderate heat melt enough lard or vegetable shortening to measure about 1 inch deep.
  5. When cooking liquid has reached frying temperature you can see a little steam rising up.
  6. Cook chicken 30 minutes on each side.
  7. Lay cooked chicken on a paper towel lined platter and cover the top with paper towel also.
  8. this helps top keep the chicken from sweating and to stay crisp.
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Very easy fried chicken with a lovely golden crust and moist meat. I used butter-flavored vegetable shortening and, like your mom, fried it in my cast iron skillet. Brings back childhood memories :)

LainieBug November 26, 2011