Roy Rogers Crispy Fried Chicken - Copycat

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Posted in response to a request and located in an online search. Roy Rogers® was a huge fast-food chain in the eastern U.S. The chain was unique because not only did they offer-up burgers, but fried chicken as well. People really enjoyed their chicken. In fact, to this day there are arguments over who had better chicken---Roy Rogers® or KFC®. Hardees® bought the chain, and eventually phased it out---much like they did with Burger-Chef®. This is a "per-serving" recipe. Multiply by number of servings. (One serving= 3 drumsticks). Prep time is estimated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Pre-heat your deep fryer to 375°. In a mixing bowl, blend egg whites and milk with a wire whisk -- set aside.(Make sure they're mixed thoroughly--somewhat "frothy".).
  2. Measure dry ingredients into a gallon sized Zip Lock type bag, close, and shake well to mix.
  3. Generously coat the drumsticks with the milk-egg mixture, and place them in the bag of seasonings. (I recommend doing 3 at a time) Then shake the bag until well coated.
  4. Drop into deep fryer and allow to cook 15 minutes. (Fry no more than 9 at a time -- and if cooking 9, go 18-22 min, eyeball 'em) When the drumsticks are done, they will be a dark golden brown.
  5. Remove crispy chicken and drain on a paper towel lined plate. CAUTION! They will be very HOT, so allow them to cool 5-8 minutes before serving.
  6. Note: You can remove the skin for "skinless crispy chicken" if you prefer.
  7. Note 2: Try this coating recipe and cooking method with CHICKEN TENDERS. Just cut up boneless breasts into bite sized pieces, coat with milk-egg/seasoning and deep fry.
  8. Note 3: You can also use this coating and cooking method for wings, thighs, breasts etc. Just be sure to coat well and adjust cooking time for the different sizes of chicken.
Most Helpful

I've made a lot of fried chicken, but this is my favorite recipe! I used boneless breasts and the recipe was no where near enough dry mix to coat. I had to double it and could have stood to make even more. The flavors are good though and it came out very crispy. I also used regular egg whites instead of powdered.

stonecoldcrazy March 03, 2010

Great recipe. I have made it many times for partys and everyone always raves and eats the chicken :-)

prozac10 September 17, 2007

Ok seriously only 3 people have reviewed this recipe... I happened upon this recipe because I had a package of drumsticks and just needed some idea's I originally was gonna make catitore but desided last min to make fried chicken and OMG let me tell you that this is dead on to roy rogers!!!!... My husband who normally doesn't like chicken legs loved when I made this.. it was like a blast from the past!! there are no roy rogers around us anymore..last one is on the parkway about 1 hour away.. so this was so delish. and hit the stop..i cannot wait to try it with wings and thighs as well.. only one thing I didn't add was msg because I didn't even know that you can buy that in the store lol.. so happy you shared... everyone needs to try this!!<br/><br/>ok _ so tonight 2/13/2014 DH wanted this again.. craving it ever since I made it.. so this time I breaded chicken cutlets and guess what... still delish!!!

ssej1078_1251510 February 14, 2014