Growing up in the South, fried chicken is a must. But until recently, I never knew how to make it myself. I try not to eat too many fried foods, but I couldn’t pass this up. Justin’s grandma makes her own fried chicken recipe, and it’s super simple but delicious!
When she made it for us a couple of months ago, I was amazed at how easy it can be to make southern fried chicken. I’m sure this is one of those foods that has a hundred ways to make it, too. So this recipe is a family recipe. Don’t worry, I’ve gotten permission to share. When she makes the chicken, she also uses the leftover oil to make a gravy, so I’ve included that in this recipe.
We made it for dinner earlier this week, and both the boys actually ate it! I typically think of comfort foods when I think of fried chicken, so we made it with some mashed potatoes and biscuits…. all things that you can slather with the gravy sauce!!
I have made this with a split chicken breast, regular chicken breast, and drumsticks. It works for any part of the chicken. I prefer white meat, so I like using chicken breasts. Justin prefers dark meat, so drumsticks were his idea. The boys haven’t noticed a difference, so they will eat either.
Step by Step
In a large skillet, pour enough oil to cover about 1/3 of a large skillet. I find I usually need about 1-2 cups of oil. Set the heat to medium-high.
Salt and pepper the chicken on all sides.
Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl. Coat the chicken in flour.
Place the chicken in the oil, cover the pan, and cook it for about 15-20 minutes. By this time, the chicken should be golden brown on the bottom.
Flip the chicken and cook, covered, for another 15-20 minutes. Make sure the bottom is also golden brown.
Carefully scoop 1/4 cup of the oil from the pan with the chicken and place it in a medium saucepan. Heat the pan over medium heat. Add the flour, milk, and pepper for the gravy. Whisk until it’s combined and there are no more lumps.
Serve the chicken with the gravy.
Originally Published On: January 19, 2019
Last Updated On: February 20, 2020
Southern Fried Chicken with Gravy Sauce
- 2.5 lbs chicken drumsticks
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups oil (depending on size of pan and chicken)
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp pepper
- In a large skillet, pour enough oil to cover about 1/3 of a large skillet over medium-high heat
- Salt and pepper the chicken on all sides
- Pour the flour into a large mixing bowl
- Coat the chicken in flour until it is well covered
- Place the chicken in the oil, cover the pan, and cook it for about 15-20 minutes
- Flip the chicken and cook, covered, for another 15-20 minutes
- Carefully scoop 1/4 cup of the oil from the pan with the chicken and place it in a medium saucepan
- Heat the pan over medium heat
- Add the flour, milk, and pepper for the gravy, whisking until it’s combined and there are no more lumps
- Serve the chicken with the gravy
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