Perfect Southern Fried Chicken

Perfect Southern Fried Chicken created by Ashley Cuoco

This is an outstanding recipe. When I found this I decided I didn't need to look for the perfect fried chicken recipe any more - I already had it.

Ready In:
2hrs 35mins



  • Soak chicken in water and salt at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Mix buttermilk, eggs and Season All and dip chicken pieces in this mixture.
  • Combine 1 cup flour, 2 tbsp corn meal, 2 tsp dried oregano, and 2 tsp Season All in a bag.
  • Drop two pieces of dipped chicken in the bag at one time.
  • Shake to coat.
  • Place on wire rack to rest.
  • (I place wax paper under the rack to catch any flour that falls off.) Heat a shallow layer of oil or shortening to 360 F in a jumbo chicken skillet (cast iron is great for this job) or an electric skillet.
  • Place the chicken in the pan, trying not to crowd the pieces.
  • Cover for the first five minutes.
  • Check the chicken.
  • When golden brown, turn.
  • Cover for the next five minutes.
  • Remove cover and cook uncovered, turning occasionally, as needed for a total of an additional 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Watch carefully, and don't allow it to get too dark.
  • If it's frying too fast, reduce heat slightly.
  • NOTE- the key is to cover in the beginning to start the cooking process inside the chicken, but to uncover during the last part of the cooking time to get the outside nice and crispy and golden brown.
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  1. Mrs. Hughes
    Perfect Southern Fried Chicken Created by Mrs. Hughes
  2. Patricia R.
    How do you get 4 breasts out of 1 chicken?
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  3. Charmaine D.
    I was going to try this recipe...but then got a good look at the sodium content... People with any kind of high blood pressure or heart problems should definitely steer clear of this one... the salt in the brine is way out of line for them! Better to just wash your chicken piece, give a light breading with flour and any fresh herbs of your choice, and definitely no salt! Bake them on a a parchment paper covered sheet pan that has some olive oil and cover the pan with foil for first 30 minutes at 350 degree oven... then remove the foil and continue to bake turning once until juice run clear and chicken is done thru (approx another 15 minutes). Your heart will thank you!
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  4. lilly.murphy
    I have been making fried chicken for years, using my mom’s recipe. However, although it’s amazing, I always felt like it was missing something. So I’m going to use the extra ingredients as listed in this recipe - corn meal, eggs, etc. However, my recipe calls for frying the chicken until golden brown on both sides and then baking it (with the remaining drippings from frying added to the baking pan) until it’s done. Much easier! I’ll report back on how my next batch turns out!
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  5. mamanoni99
    Can you save the oil and reuse it again?
    Replies 3
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