Fried Chicken With Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

"Comfort food at its best--not for dieters though! We served this with brocolli but I think it would be better with green beans or another "comfort food" type of vegetable. The original recipe (Bon Appetit October 2006) used sausage in the gravy an chilies in the potatoes and gravy which we skipped. The chicken requires a 4-hour soak (I put my chicken in to soak in the morning and it was ready to make at the end of the day). This is also an easy recipe to divide or multiply depending on how many you will be feeding, however the leftover chicken freezes wonderfully for chicken salads. Order of preparing dinner is: (1) soak chicken, (2) boil potatoes and start to heat oil to fry chicken, (3) fry chicken and start gravy and finish potatoes and cook vegetables. Gravy can be made ahead and reheated before serving."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Cut chicken breasts horizontally, almost in half and place in bowl or marinating dish. Pour buttermilk over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • To make gravy:

  • Heat oil in large saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until onion is golden (6-8 minutes). Stir in flour and worchestshire sauce, cook 2 minutes more, stirring. Stir in cream and milk. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in green onions and thyme. Cook stirring until gravy is thick (2-5 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. Can be made ahead and heated before serving.
  • To make pototoes:

  • Place potatoes in a large pot, add water to cover. Boil potatoes until tender (15-20 minutes). Drain. Transfer to large serving bowl. Heat half and half and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Add warm butter/cream to potatoes and mash potatoes. Stir in sour cream. Keep warm until serving.
  • To make chicken. Drain chicken. Whisk flour salt and pepper in a bowl or pie dish (I used a pie dish). Dredge chicken in flour mixture.
  • Over medium heat, add oil to skillet to measure 1 1/2 inches (or to cover chicken). Heat oil over medium-high heat until candy thermometer registers 375-degrees F. (or how I test the oil is sprinkle water on oil - if it splatters it is ready). Add 3 chicken breast pieces at a time, frying until golden, turning once (8-10 minutes). Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining chicken.
  • Rewarm gravy before serving.

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  1. I made this for my husband for dinner tonight and he loved it! He doesn't like onion so much so I put just a tiny bit in the gravy. I used a little less of the sour cream and half and half, trying to cut back on the fat. I used milk and half and half for the gravy, turned out fine. Thank you Ellie!


<p>I love cooking and trying different foods, but my favorite cookbooks are now Weight Watchers or low fat/low cal cookbooks as I tend to try and make low fat/low cal recipes. I lost over 90 pounds on Weight Watchers and have maintained for over a year now -- so my cooking/eating habits have changed drastically following my weight loss and to keep it off!</p>
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