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Favorite Fried Chicken

Kate Belk / September 4, 2016

This classic fried chicken recipe uses simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.  

In the 1930s, a local grocery store opened in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The mother of the family who owned the business would often cook meals in the rear of the store. Workmen from the area would have a break at 9 a.m. each day, and a plate of leftovers from the previous night’s dinner was always left out for the men to enjoy. Her fried chicken was such a favorite among them, that she always cooked extra just for them. 

Fried Chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Prep Time

20-25 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Servings

5-6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable shortening 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 frying chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces
Fried Chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet.

Preparation

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken.
  2. Heat the shortening in a large cast iron dutch oven or the fryer of a combo cooker over medium heat to 325°F. 
  3. While the shortening is heating, beat together the eggs and milk in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken. Dip the chicken pieces one at a time in the egg mixture, then dredge them in the flour mixture, then back in the egg mixture and the flour mixture for a second time.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, slowly fry the chicken until it is golden brown on all sides and cooked through. You may need to turn the heat down to prevent the chicken from getting too brown before it’s done. 
Kate Belk

Contributed By

Kate Belk

Kate Belk was the wife of John Douglas Cline. The couple owned a grocery store in South Pittsburg, Tennessee during the 1930s. 

Favorite Fried Chicken

By Kate Belk

Prep Time: 20-25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 5-6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable shortening 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 frying chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces
Favorite Fried Chicken

Preparation

  1. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken.
  2. Heat the shortening in a large cast iron dutch oven or the fryer of a combo cooker over medium heat to 325°F. 
  3. While the shortening is heating, beat together the eggs and milk in a bowl large enough to hold the largest piece of chicken. Dip the chicken pieces one at a time in the egg mixture, then dredge them in the flour mixture, then back in the egg mixture and the flour mixture for a second time.
  4. When the oil is hot enough, slowly fry the chicken until it is golden brown on all sides and cooked through. You may need to turn the heat down to prevent the chicken from getting too brown before it’s done. 

Recipe by Kate Belk for Lodge Cast Iron at http://www.lodgemfg.com/recipe/mother-s-favorite-fried-chicken