Southern Fried Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 35 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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."


  • 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.