Grandmother Paul's Fried Chicken Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 30 MINUTES

3 ratings


  • peanut oil, for frying
  • 1 2 1/2 pound chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning chicken
  • 2 cup self-rising flour
  • salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 eggs


Tip from Paula: My Grandmother Paul always said to season chicken and return it to the refrigerator and let it sit as long as time permits, at least 2 to 3 hours. And always use small chickens.


Beat eggs with water. Add black pepper to self-rising flour. Dip seasoned chicken in egg; coat well in flour mixture. Fry in moderately hot shortening, 350°F, in a cast iron skillet. Place lid on top of skillet and fry until brown and crisp. Remember that dark meat requires longer cooking time (about 13 to 14 minutes, compared to 8 to 10 minutes for white meat.)

Grandmother Paul's Fried Chicken


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3 Reviews

Joe 1/15/2017
I love Paula Dea

I love Paula Dean. Welcome back. Glad I found your show on tv. Reminds me of my youth. My Mom is black, her best friend growing up was white. Paula looks and acts just like her. I love your show..Always did, always will.. lol I missed watching you cook for your husband. Thank you for reminding us to love thru cooking....Joe C

Jill 5/27/2016
Had this at your

Had this at your Savannah restaurant and LOVED it!

Kimberlee 9/27/2015
Now this fried c

Now this fried chicken I have done and I love this one
Bert's was good but this one is more
Crispy ... : - )

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