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Down-Home Chicken

Tip: This chicken is also delicious with mashed potatoes. Mom served the thick, tangy sauce that coats this tender chicken as a gravy over rice or mashed potatoes. It makes a welcome centerpiece for any meal. —Donna Sasser Hinds, Milwaukie, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • SAUCE:
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil. Brown chicken in oil on all sides; remove to paper towels. Drain drippings and return chicken to the pan.
  • In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, ketchup, molasses, oil, Worcestershire sauce, cloves, salt and pepper. Pour over chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 612 calories, 36g fat (7g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1108mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • mcsparky56
    Jan 16, 2021

    This has been a Family favorite for years. I just have to say I'm making Down Home Chicken and I know my kids and their family will be here for dinner. I have always made it exactly how the recipe is written

  • katlaydee3
    Jun 17, 2013

    This was delicious! I made it for a family dinner and was hoping for leftovers but there was none left!

  • Brenda MH
    May 22, 2013

    I thought this was unique and turned out different than what I expected- almost has a Chinese flair to it. Really saucy and good, and the chicken cooks up marvelously tender. Next time though, I'll make it in a pot instead of a skillet- it has a tendency to splatter and made quite a mess of the stove!

  • nana2funny
    May 18, 2012

    My husband and I love this recipe. Nice, think sauce!

  • nana2funny
    May 18, 2012

    We love this!

  • Hannah0418
    Jan 18, 2012

    did not like the taste. the molasses ruins it.

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 28, 2010

    No comment left

  • joan62
    May 8, 2009

    I loved the chicken but agree that the cloves was a little too overpowering and the molasses made it too sweet. I will definitely adjust the recipe a little.Joan

  • mollilicious
    Mar 25, 2009

    i thought this could totally do without the clove. it overpowered everything! the molasses was too much too. i want to try it again, but instead use garlic powder for the ground clove and replace most of the molasses with honey. then im sure it will be a winner! molly seattle, wa

  • cookbookmom
    Oct 19, 2008

    The molasses in this was just too strong for our tastes.