Southern Fried Chicken Recipe
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Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

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This recipe was a happy accident, reveals Patricia Gowen of Amherst, Virginia. "I discovered at the last minute that I didn't have enough all-purpose flour for coating the chicken, so I used pancake mix instead," she smiles. "It did taste different—but everyone at our house liked it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • Oil for frying


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the pancake mix, salt, pepper and paprika. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time; shake to coat.
  2. Heat 2 in. of oil in an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time for 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and juices run clear. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Southern Fried Chicken in Country Woman July/August 2000, p42

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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gunslinger User ID: 544392 220879
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Delicious coating, stayed on the chicken very well, spices were just right! Even though I try not to fry chicken very often anymore I will definately make this again!"

Bunny2010 User ID: 5935452 24930
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"My brother won't any chicken unless it comes from a bag. This is the Only chicken i was able to get him to eat in a long time.....I feel that it was a win for me and this recipe"

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