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Best Ever Southern Fried Chicken

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 13 to 14 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6 servings



  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups self rising flour
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 1 to 2 1/2 lbs rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 8 pieces whole chicken
  • for deep frying vegetable shortening


In a shallow bowl, lightly beat the eggs with 1/3 cup water. In a separate shallow bowl, combine the flour and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Lightly season the chicken all over with salt and black pepper. Dip the chicken pieces in the egg mixture, letting any excess drip off, and then coat well in the flour mixture.

In a large skillet, heat the shortening over medium-high heat until it melts and reaches 350°F on a deep fry thermometer; you’ll want a depth of 2 inches. Add the chicken and cook until browned and crisp, 13 to 14 minutes for the dark meat and 8 to 10 minutes for the white meat. And just like that, you’ve got yourself the best ever Southern fried chicken.