Easy Southern Fried Chicken

It doesn't get any finer than Southern fried chicken. Whether it's a recipe Mama made growing up or one that was passed along by a friend, the best fried chicken recipes are those shared from one Southerner to another. That's how the secrets get baked, well fried, in.Now our Test Kitchen is here to pass along what we think is simply the easiest fried chicken recipe around. No deep fryer or buttermilk required. This no-fuss recipe is a hurried cook's dream, but the results still stand above the rest. Use a cast iron pan instead of a normal skillet to retain heat and cook the chicken more evenly. Plus, this Southern staple can also be made using a "pick of the chick" package of a cut-up whole chicken to save time. Just be sure to buy one that's 3 to 4 pounds.

Easy Southern Fried Chicken
Photo: Southern Living
Active Time:
43 mins
Total Time:
43 mins
4 servings.


  • 1 (3- to 4-lb.) whole chicken, cut up

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • Vegetable oil


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and black pepper. Combine flour and red pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk together egg and milk in a separate bowl.

  2. Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch into a cast iron skillet or large deep skillet; heat over medium-high heat to 350°.

  3. Dip chicken in egg mixture; dredge in flour mixture, shaking off excess. Add chicken to hot oil; cover, reduce heat to medium, and fry 30 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Drain chicken on a wire rack over paper towels.

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