Big Mama's Fried Chicken

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Author Notes: Grandmother's old fried chicken recipeGrandbabyCakes

Serves 8

  • 8 pieces chicken
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs, hot sauce and worcestershire and set aside.
  2. Next add flour, cornstarch, seasoned salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder to a paper bag and shake to mix well.
  3. Dip each piece of chicken into egg wash coating both sides then dip into seasoned flour thoroughly coating each piece. Then add piece to baking sheet to rest.
  4. Finish coating all chicken and let sit for 10-15 minutes until coating has set.
  5. While coating sets, add 1-1/2 inches of oil to a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom skillet and heat over medium high heat. Also turn on oven to 275 degrees.
  6. This is my test for knowing when the oil is ready: Big Mama always tossed a tiny bit of flour in the oil and if it began to fry and sizzle, the oil was ready.
  7. Fry four pieces at a time on each side starting with dark meat since it takes longer. Make sure you don’t overcrowd the pan. After each side has turned slightly golden, put the top on the skillet to steam the inside of the chicken ensuring doneness. After a couple of minutes, remove the top and continue to fry until the crust is crispy again and completely golden brown.
  8. Remove chicken from oil and place on paper towels or rack to drain. Place chicken on a baking sheet covered with parchment and add to warmed oven while finishing the other chicken pieces.
  9. Fry the remaining chicken pieces and drain and add to oven. Add the remaining chicken to the oven.
  10. Serve chicken when ready.

Tags: chicken, easy fried chicken, fried chicken

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7 months ago becca

I wish there were cooking times in this recipe. We cooked till brown & crispy, but the insides weren't done...


11 months ago la

I made this recipe with additional of coriander and white pepper powder, delicioso


11 months ago GrandbabyCakes

Sounds wonderful!


11 months ago J Conrad Howard

Smack my face and call me colonel,..i made this and it knocked my socks off,...cleaned it to the bone too!!!


11 months ago GrandbabyCakes

So glad you enjoyed it!


11 months ago thirteenJ



11 months ago procrastibaker

Oh no! Posted this comment on the wrong chicken recipe, how embarrassing. This is next on my list to try!


11 months ago procrastibaker

Decided to make this for Sunday dinner, so I only brined the chicken for six hours. Didn't have any celery salt, so I threw in some garlic powder and cayenne. Delicious! I got lazy and didn't brown the first couple pieces enough, so they didn't turn out quite as crispy as the others, but all of it was incredible. This will definitely be going in my weeknight rotation. Juicy, crispy, fantastic. Cooked it on a rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and definitely needed to rotate halfway through (my chicken wept, and wound up being soggy on the bottoms), but even with only the top half being crispy, my boyfriend and I raved over it.


11 months ago Christine Jefferson

Can you use a deep fryer as well and get the same results?


11 months ago GrandbabyCakes

Yes you can definitely use a deep fryer. It will be a shorter frying process.


11 months ago cb

yum yum eatemup!


11 months ago Lonnie Evans

Going to try this.


11 months ago Helen Palama

I add a little Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning to almost everything I make. Has salt, red pepper and other spices, garlic. Use it like salt. Gives just the right amount of kick and makes everything delicious.


11 months ago Harlan

Will try this, for sure, I always sprinkle a little oregano on my fried chicken - adds a nice flavor


11 months ago Barbara Johnson

I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks GrandbabyCakes!!!!


11 months ago CPeppers

MMMMM! Yum yum! I can't wait to try this- I want some now! Thanks for sharing- and Gramma is a beautiful lady! Good to know her recipes will be handed down and others can use it as well. You have to have paprika in fried chicken! MMM MMM!


11 months ago Lindylu

Oh boy, I have been trying different fried chicken recipes trying to get the perfect one. I am certainly going to try this one. Looks too good! William's suggestion of marinating the chicken overnight first is a great idea. Thanks


11 months ago Kia

I'm trying this!


11 months ago Harrison

"Serve chicken when ready"

Does that mean once you've put the last few pieces into the over? Or do I leave them in the oven for a specific amount of time before serving them?


11 months ago richardg

I see something resembling oregano on the chicken, but it's not in the recipe.


11 months ago Dolly

It could be Parsley..........that's what I use with this recipe.


11 months ago ade purnama

i cant wait to try this recipe..nyamii


11 months ago Tom Davis

Sounds great. My Grandma and Grand Aunts made great fried chicken down in West Virginia too. It can soul food and good old country food at the same time.


11 months ago sefi

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can't wait to try it.