Best Southern Fried Chicken

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Satisfy your cravings with the Best Southern Fried Chicken, a classic dish that brings together crispy, flavorful chicken with a hint of Southern charm. This recipe is perfect for a comforting meal that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re a fan of crispy and juicy fried chicken with a flavorful coating, this recipe is a must-try. It’s a simple yet delicious way to enjoy a Southern favorite right in your own kitchen. Plus, it’s perfect for family dinners or gatherings where you want to impress your guests with a homestyle dish.

How to Make Best Southern Fried Chicken


  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 4 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour


  1. Beat the egg and milk together in a bowl.
  2. Combine the flour with the garlic salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and paprika in a plastic bag.
  3. Put the chicken parts in the plastic bag, seal it, and shake to coat the chicken pieces.
  4. Dip the flour-coated chicken in the egg mixture and again in the flour mixture.
  5. Heat the oil in a skillet to 365°F. Brown the chicken on both sides in the hot oil.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook the chicken for another half an hour or until it is cooked through.
  7. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels and serve.

How to Serve Best Southern Fried Chicken

Serve the crispy fried chicken hot with your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread, or biscuits. Add some hot sauce or honey for an extra kick of flavor.

How to Store Best Southern Fried Chicken

Store any leftover fried chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven to maintain its crispiness.

Tips to Make Best Southern Fried Chicken

  • Ensure the oil is hot before adding the chicken to achieve a crispy coating.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken to ensure it’s fully cooked.
  • Let the chicken rest on a wire rack after frying to prevent sogginess.


For a spicier version, add cayenne pepper or chili powder to the flour mixture. You can also marinate the chicken in buttermilk before coating it for added tenderness and flavor.


  1. Can I use boneless chicken for this recipe? Yes, you can use boneless chicken strips or thighs for a quicker cooking time.
  2. Can I bake the chicken instead of frying it? While baking is a healthier option, the crispy texture from frying is what makes this dish special.
  3. What can I substitute for garlic salt if I don’t have any? You can use a combination of salt, garlic powder, and onion powder for a similar flavor profile.


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