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Potluck Fried Chicken

This Sunday dinner staple is first fried and then baked to a crispy golden brown. Well-seasoned with oregano and sage, this classic is sure to satisfy diners at church potlucks or late-summer picnics, too. I love fixing it for family and friends. —Donna Kuhaupt, Slinger, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 to 4 pounds each), cut up
  • Oil for frying


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, salt, paprika, oregano, sage and pepper. In a shallow bowl, beat eggs and water. Dip chicken in egg mixture; place in flour mixture, a few pieces at a time, and turn to coat.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry chicken, a few pieces at a time, until golden and crispy, 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • Place in 2 ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until juices run clear, 25-30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked chicken: 497 calories, 29g fat (6g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 693mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Oct 29, 2014

    As others mentioned, I subbed in Panko breadcrumbs for cornmeal and Old Bay & Lemon Pepper for the sage and oregano. Next time I will use Accent for the salt and maybe a 1/2 tea of poultry seasoning as well. A lot of ways to go here to please the family taste buds. Using a rack over the baking pan was a great suggestion to prevent chicken from getting soggy during baking. I had to fry 7 min per side to help get them all the way cooked thru in my electric skillet. If you want a real golden color to the skin also add 1/2 tea of turmeric to the dry ingredients. Family and friends always ask why my chicken is so golden compared to theirs, hope they don't read this review! ha ha

  • Lainey_hf
    Jul 6, 2014

    Just found this recipe - it looks delicious! I like the idea of using the boneless skinless strips. @safetysu - where do you see the nutrition information? Fried foods are going to have more calories, but you can eliminate some of it by modifying the recipe - don't use the skin, bake on top of rack, etc.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 29, 2013

    I would bake this on a rack after frying as the bottom of the chicken got a little soggy from the grease. Otherwise, it was awesome! We didn't mind the oregano and sage so I kept the recipe the same.

  • alanpatrick
    Dec 21, 2013

    It is too yummy and delicious.

  • Queenlalisa
    Jun 7, 2013

    My family would have liked this better if it didn't have the sage. I did like the crispy texture of the chicken.

  • safetysu
    Mar 15, 2013

    Would just like to ask why there are so many calories for one serving when people want to lose weight they can't have any of this.

  • abbygal
    Dec 8, 2012

    I normally try all recipes as written to get a true picture of the flavours and method but in this case due to family likes and dislikes I did some substituting with my first try. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into strips, substituted homemade bread crumbs for the cornmeal and as suggested by another cook substituted lemon pepper for the sage and oregano (also eliminating the regular pepper). Loved the coating as it was light and the family loved the flavours and how alot of the oil was eliminated during the finishing in the oven (I put the strips on a rack over a baking pan).

  • jennyandjamie
    Apr 14, 2012

    i like this recipe. you can also use boneless chicken breast or strips and it is so amazing

  • rshanna
    Oct 2, 2011

    I have two suggestions.1. Add onion powder to the flour mixture.2. To speed up the cooking process, cook your chicken pieces in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes and then proceed with the coating and frying! Very fast!

  • susanne_1989
    Jun 11, 2010

    I made a couple substitutions recommended and it had no flavor at all. Chicken was moist but that was about it.