Gram's Fried Chicken Recipe
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Gram's Fried Chicken Recipe

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As a boy, I wolfed down my grandmother's fried chicken. I never knew how she made it, but my recipe using potato flakes is crispy close. —David Nelson, Lincolnton, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups mashed potato flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon each dried oregano, parsley flakes and minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • Oil for frying

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half : 469 calories, 28g fat (3g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 269mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 38g protein.


  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk. In another shallow bowl, toss potato flakes with seasonings. Remove half of the mixture and reserve (for a second coat of breading).
  2. Pound chicken with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in potato mixture, patting to help coating adhere. Arrange chicken in an even layer on a large plate. Cover and refrigerate chicken and remaining egg mixture 1 hour. Discard remaining used potato mixture.
  3. In a 12-in. cast-iron or other deep skillet, heat 1/2 in. of oil over medium heat to 350°. For the second coat of breading, dip chicken in remaining egg mixture, then in unused potato mixture; pat to coat. Fry chicken 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink. Drain on paper towels. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Gram's Fried Chicken in Taste of Home February/March 2015, p37

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smarthe User ID: 3272756 249055
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"Sorry, this was the worst fried chicken recipe I have ever tried."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 227453
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2015

"I make breaded chicken recipes all the time, with all different types of breading. It's normal for this process to be a little messy, but this recipe was way too messy, especially during the second breading. Dipping the chicken with mashed potato flakes back into the egg mixture seemed to wash most of the first layer off, and by the end, I had a bowl full of very thick, mushy egg wash. The finished product was definitely not worth all the effort."

lcleach56 User ID: 8273467 221510
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"This recipe was featured on Home and Family today. We love this recipe but (on the show) there was a dip that went with the chicken. Is there anyway I can get the dip recipe? Thanks for your help."

newcountrywife User ID: 6001500 221332
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"quick, easy, tender and juicy. What's not to love?"

jstowellsupermom User ID: 7101358 220292
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"A nice quick fried chicken! Outside was crispy & chicken stayed juicy!"

alanfitch User ID: 1278036 220182
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2015

"We followed the recipe to a tee and were enthusiastic toward the outcome given the various seasonings that were joined with the potato flakes. However we found that the seasonings were not enough to overcome the blandness of the potato flakes. We make chicken schnitzel all the time and found this recipe to be quite "boring" by comparison."

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