Classic Southern Fried Chicken

This conventional recipe is Southern-fried chicken at its easiest. Crispy and juicy, it's certain to be a family preferred. Serve along with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, creamed corn, or another vegetable facet dish. This dish calls for bone-in pieces—however, different recipes use boneless bird breasts or boneless hen thighs with similarly delicious consequences. If you are searching out a bit extra spice, this KFC-fashion chicken supplies.


1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salt (plus additional for sprinkling)
2 teaspoons pepper
4 pounds chicken (bone-in, skin-on pieces)
3 cups of vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

Southern friend chicken ingredients

Preheat the oven to 200 F and place a rack in a large baking pan.

Combine milk and eggs in a bowl. Whisk to blend well.

Whisked eggs and milk in a mixing bowl

In a large heavy-duty resealable plastic food storage bag, combine the flour, 2 tablespoons salt, and pepper. Seal and shake to combine.

Southern fried chicken dry ingredients in a bag

Dip the chicken pieces in the milk and egg mixture and let excess drip off into the bowl. Set already dipped pieces aside on a plate until you have 3 or 4.

Add the dipped chicken pieces to the food storage bag filled with flour. Close it and shake well to coat the chicken pieces thoroughly.

Chicken coated in flour mixture for fried chicken

Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

Breaded chicken on a plate ready to be fried
Heat the oil in a deep, heavy skillet to 350 F. While it's heating up, set aside a large serving plate lined with paper towels.

Fry the chicken, a few pieces at a time, for about 10 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked. Be careful not to put too many chicken pieces in at once—even if they can comfortably fit—since this will dramatically drop the temperature of the oil, affecting the crispness of the final product. Note that chicken breasts will take a little less time than dark meat pieces.

Lightly browned southern fried chicken in oil
With a slotted spoon, move the done chicken pieces onto the paper towel-lined platter to drain. Sprinkle immediately with salt.

Transfer the drained chicken to the prepared pan with rack. Move the chicken to the oven to keep warm while frying subsequent batches.

Golden brown southern fried chicken with ketchup on the side
Serve and enjoy.