Contest-Winning Sunday Fried Chicken Recipe
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Contest-Winning Sunday Fried Chicken Recipe

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The spicy coating for this chicken is one I've put together over the years. My recipe really got a workout when our four children (now married)were young and our family competed out on the rodeo circuit. Whenever the word spread I'd brought along fried chicken, the cowboys would crowd around! Today, my husband and I run an 800-acre cattle and quarter horse ranch.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (2-1/2 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut up
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients. Place about 1 cup flour mixture in a large resealable plastic bag; add chicken, a few pieces at a time. Seal bag and shake to coat. Store remaining mixture in an airtight container and save for another use.
  2. In a large skillet, brown chicken on medium-high heat in 1/2 in. of oil on all sides; remove to a large shallow baking pan.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-60 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Sunday Fried Chicken in Country Woman September/October 1991, p33

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"Want to make but wondering if the 2 tablespoons salt is correct? Sounds like too much with the amount of flour and cornmeal listed. Plus 2 tablespoons garlic salt as well?? Even though it says to only use 1 cup of mix the ratio of ingredients seems wrong. Will those who have made please advise! Thanks."

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Tasty chicken--I like the addition of the cornmeal. Be careful not to crowd the chicken pieces in the baking pan, or the bottoms will be soggy."

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"Wow! We loved this chicken. I always bought a product called "Dixie Fry," but haven't found it in stores lately. This mixture was similar in flavor so I'll have to try it with pork chops, catfish, etc."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"Ive been using the same oven fried chicken recipie for years, but wanted to experiment with something different & am glad that I did because this recipie was great! My whole family loved it. I used boneless, skinleess chicken as well & it worked out also."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"I made this recipe for my family and they loved it. I will be making this every time they want fried chicken.. it's a keeper !!"

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